Japan Stocks Noon

Tokyo stocks fell Monday morning, extending four days of losses as growing tensions on the Korean peninsula stoked demand for the safe-haven yen.

Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei 225 index, which closed at a 2017 low on Friday, lost another 0.31 percent to sit at 18,278.18 points by the lunch break.

The broader TOPIX index of all first-section issues was flat, edging down 0.01 percent to 1,458.93 points.