TOKYO, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Japanese shares dipped on Tuesday as a stronger yen pressured exporters and investors booked profits after a three-day rally in the run up to the ruling party election, where Abe ally Yoshihide Suga was picked as the new leader.
The benchmark Nikkei share average .N225 fell 0.56% to 23,427.30 by the midday break, having hit a fresh seven-month high in the previous session.
The profit-taking came after Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, a long-time loyal aide of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was chosen head of Japan's ruling party on Monday, all but confirming he would replace Abe as prime minister on Wednesday. broader Topix .TOPX lost 0.68% to 1,639.80, with highly cyclical iron and steel .ISTEL.T , airlines .IAIRL.T and land transport .IRAIL.T being the three worst-performing sectors on the main bourse.
Export-oriented firms slipped as the yen remained strong against the dollar, staying close to a two-week high of 105.55 yen scaled the previous day.
Data on Tuesday showed China's industrial output rose 5.6% and retail sales gained 0.5% in August from a year ago, as the world's second-largest economy tried to regain its footing from the fallout of the coronavirus outbreak. U.S. Federal Reserve's two-day meeting was also in focus, as investors awaited clues on its monetary policy outlook.
Oriental Land 4661.T dropped 1.12% after local media reports said the Japanese operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort would slash winter bonuses by 70%.
SoftBank Group 9984.T fell 0.64%, having marked its biggest daily gain since late March in the previous session.
Sony Corp 6758.T skidded 1.67% after media reported the company would reduce its PS5 production due to chip procurement problems for the financial year.
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