February 19, 2013 / 6:16 AM / 5 years ago

Mood sours, Nikkei slips as finmin plays down foreign bond buy talk

TOKYO, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged
down on Tuesday as Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso played
down talk of foreign bond buying by the central bank, while
heavyweight Fanuc Corp dropped on weak machine tool
orders from China.
    Investor sentiment soured after Aso told a news conference 
he was not considering foreign bond purchases as part of a
monetary expansion drive. 
    The Nikkei dropped 0.3 percent to 11,372.34, while the
broader Topix added 0.1 percent to 963.61.
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