Tokyo stocks down 0.78% by the break

Tokyo stocks fell 0.78 percent Wednesday morning as the yen rose on concerns about uncertainty in Italy, while Federal Reserve head Ben Bernanke said the bank would stick to its loose monetary policy.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index slipped 88.36 points to 11,310.45 by the break, while the Topix index of all first-section shares was off 0.74 percent, or 7.19 points, at 959.58.