TOKYO, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Japanese shares closed lower on Friday, after a sell-off in high-flying U.S. technology stocks pushed Wall Street to its steepest fall in nearly three months, although for the week, Tokyo markets ended in the green.
The benchmark Nikkei share average .N225 closed down 1.11% at 23,205.43, away from a more than six-month closing high it hit on Thursday. Declining issues outnumbered advancers by 161 to 54. The Topix .TOPX shed 0.90% to 1,616.60.
For the week, the Nikkei index gained nearly 1.4%, snapping two consecutive weekly losses, and the Topix climbed 0.7%.
Overnight, Wall Street's main indexes posted their biggest single-day percentage declines since June, dragged by heavy losses across the technology sector. .N
Semiconductor manufacturer Alps Alpine Co 6770.T was among the top percentage losers on the Nikkei index, with a drop of around 4%.
An overnight drop in the Philadelphia chip index .SOX , down almost 6%, was another headwind for the Tokyo-lsited technology sector.
Meanwhile, analysts said investors were also cautious ahead of the U.S. jobs data expected later in the day.
Among other shares, Honda Motor Co 7267.T climbed 2.23% after it revealed plans with General Motors (NYSE: GM ) GM.N to team up in North America to jointly develop a range of vehicles. Motor 7203.T also rose 0.79%, as its sales in China surged last month. the index of Mothers start-up market .MTHR slipped 2.61% to 1,139.90.
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