By Dominic Lau
TOKYO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei fell on Thursday,
weeks, as investors stayed cautious ahead of Friday's U.S. jobs
report that may give more clues as to when the Federal Reserve
will reduce its stimulus.
The Nikkei slipped 0.4 percent to 15,344.62, dipping
further from Tuesday's six-year closing high. The index shed 2.2
percent in the previous session, despite the fact that the Bank
of Japan put 20.8 billion yen ($203 million) into
exchange-traded funds to support the market.
"Starting from two days back, people are starting to get
quite nervous about the market. The yen moved to 103.3, yet the
market didn't react as much as people expected," a Tokyo-based
senior trader at a European bank said, pointing to only a mild
"Yesterday the Nikkei dropped below 15,550 which got more
people nervous because people at the moment are overly bullish,"
he said, adding that hedge funds were shorting the market on