Nikkei retreats from 1-week high; ministers' tax comments sour mood
TOKYO, Aug 15 (Reuters) - The Nikkei average shed 2.1 percent on Thursday, pulling back from a one-week high reached the previous day, after falls on Wall Street overnight and Japanese ministers' comments a potential corporate tax-cut soured the mood. The benchmark Nikkei ended down 297.22 points to 13,752.94, led by futures selling, while the broader Topix dropped 1.7 percent to 1,151.82. Trading volume was light. During the trading session on Thursday, Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga and Finance Minister Taro Aso both downplayed this week's report in the Nikkei business daily that the government is considering a corporate tax cut.