TOKYO (AP) - Asian stocks were mostly down today, though only slightly, as jittery investors watched the U.S. government near a shutdown.
Tokyo players were also awaiting a decision expected tomorrow by the Japanese government on raising the consumption tax.
Adding to the indecisiveness are mixed signals about the American economy. A government report last week showed incomes and consumer spending grew only slightly last month, raising questions about a recovery.
The dollar fell against the yen and was little changed against the euro.
Benchmark crude oil fell below $102 per barrel.