Tokyo stocks opened lower on Monday as Japan's ruling bloc retained its majority in the upper house election as widely expected, with focus now shifting to corporate earnings this week.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was down 0.62 percent or 132.64 points at 21,336.54 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was down 0.59 percent or 9.31 points, at 1,558.10.
The dollar held recent gains on Monday as investors tempered some of their expectations for deep U.S. interest rate cuts this month and heightened Middle East tensions supported safe-haven assets.
While currency market focus will mostly center on global central bank decisions scheduled for the next two weeks, investors are also watching for any developments in U.S.-China trade negotiations.
Markets generally expect central banks to either cut rates or keep policy accommodative, starting with...