Nikkei edges down ahead of government tax plan; market up for fourth week

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged down on Friday, hurt in part by profit-taking and as traders were reluctant to build new positions ahead of an announcement about the government's economic growth and tax strategy next week.

The Nikkei <.N225> dropped 0.3 percent to 14,760.07 after flirting with positive territory earlier in the day. The index added 0.1 percent this week, its fourth straight week of gains.

The Topix <.TOPX> eased 0.2 percent to 1,217.52.

(Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)