Cosmetics maker Shiseido and Komatsu, the world's second-biggest construction equipment maker, lead the fall on grisly half-year earnings. The Nikkei 225 stock index slid 86.45 points or 0.6 per cent to 14,108.09. Futures contracts led the decline, falling 120 to 14,110 in Osaka.
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STOCKS FELL as investors doubted whether the government's next set of economic measures, to be unveiled on Monday, can pull the economy out of its worst slump in half a century.