Nikkei falls as strong yen hits futures, exporters; US payrolls in focus
* Market pressured by futures-led selling
* Nikkei has dropped for 4th week, fallen 6 pct for the week
* Nikkei's weekly drop likely be steepest since April 2014
* Foreigners' net selling in Japanese stocks hits record high last week
By Ayai Tomisawa
TOKYO, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks fell in choppy trade on Friday morning after a bounce in the yen against the euro and dollar hurt exporters and other index-heavyweights.
Investors were also wary ahead of the key U.S. jobs report later in the day as markets continued to size up data to gauge when the Federal Reserve would start raising interest rates.
On Thursday, the European Central Bank had set the tone for foreign exchange majors by affirming its readiness to provide the euro zone with another dose of stimulus..
The resulting gains in the yen seen as disadvantageous to exporters sent the Nikkei share average down 1.2 percent to 17,966.16 in mid-morning trade, after a brief 0.7 percent spike at the open. Continuación...