TOKYO, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Japanese shares fell on Wednesday, closing below the 30,000 milestone for the first time in seven sessions, as investors booked profits in technology shares following a decline in the Nasdaq index .
"Unstable moves of the U.S. market overnight has made investors in Japan get worried about the outlook," said Koichi Kurose, chief strategist at Resona Asset Management.
"Investors are rotating their targets now because of the rollouts of vaccines, which makes the virus-hit shares attractive."
In Japan, index heavyweight SoftBank Group 9984.T , down 5.2%, was the biggest contributor to Nikkei's fall.
Pandemic-driven stocks including department store operators gained on hopes for normalization in the economy. Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings 3099.T , up 5.19%, was the top Nikkei gainer, followed by Takashimaya 8233.T , which rose 4.94%. J.Front Retailing 3086.T rose 4.64%.
Regional governments in Japan have requested emergency pandemic measures be lifted ahead of the March 7 scheduled end as new COVID-19 cases trend lower, the country's economy minister said. and airline shares gained, with Japan Airlines 9201.T rising 3.6% and ANA Holdings 9202.T gaining 2.12%.
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