Nikkei drops as U.S.-China trade tensions hit tech shares

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* Daiichi Sankyo turns positive on hopes for its OTCbusiness sale

* SoftBank Group dives more than 5%

By Ayai Tomisawa

The Nikkei share average .N225 ended 0.6% lower at21,151.14.

Tech shares were sold heavily after media reports onWednesday said the United States was considering sanctions onvideo surveillance firm Hikvision. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL2N22Y01P

TDK Corp6762.T dived 6.5%, Advantest Corp6857.T declined 2.6%, Tokyo Electron8035.T shed 2.5%, and Sony Corp6758.T slid 3.7%.

"Investors are worried that the U.S. may put restrictions onmore companies in the future, not just Huawei and Hikvision,"said Takuya Takahashi, a strategist at Daiwa Securities. "Ifthat happens, the market will grow more concerned that growth ina new industry such as 5G will be hampered."

SoftBank Group9984.T , which has a stake in Sprint CorpS.N , tanked 5.3%, removing 62 points from the Nikkei benchmarkindex after sources told Reuters that U.S. Justice Department'santitrust division staff have recommended the agency blocksT-Mobile US Inc's TMUS.O$26 billion acquisition of smallerrival Sprint. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL2N22Y09D

Elsewhere, Daiichi Sankyo Co4568.T , which was trading innegative territory in early trade, rose 1.2%. Driving theincrease was a report from Nikkei Business that said thedrugmaker was in talks with several companies to sell its whollyowned over-the-counter drug unit for around 100 billion yen($900 million). urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N22Z067

Discount clothing chain Nishimatsuya Chain Co7545.T surged 3.2% after its same-store sales in May rose 7.5% from ayear earlier, thanks to strong sales in summer clothes as theweather was warm during Japan's Golden Week holidays.

The broader Topix .TOPX declined 0.4% to 1,540.58.Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones 1,258 to 783. (Editing by Sam Holmes) ((ayai.tomisawa@thomsonreuters.com; 81-3-6441-1875; ReutersMessaging: ayai.tomisawa.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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