The benchmark Nikkei 225 closed nearly flat, down 0.07 percent, or 12.13 points, at 16,725.36, while the Topix edged down 0.43 point, or 0.03 percent, to 1,312.81.
A Hershey's chocolate bar is shown in this photo illustration in Encinitas, California, U.S. January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo.
Seattle's e-commerce behemoth Amazon is yet again trying something new. The company is piloting a program of teams entirely composed of 30-hour-per-week workers.
The CBI quarterly report, the first since the June vote to leave the European Union, also found that optimism in business and professional services fell at the fastest pace since November 2011.
The steep decline in union membership in recent decades has had an outsize effect on the American workforce, tamping down wage increases for nonunion workers, a new study says.