TOKYO, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks extended gains on Tuesday, helped by buying in such defensive stocks as food companies, but overall trade was subdued as investors waited for U.S. markets to reopen after a holiday.
The Nikkei ended 0.3 percent higher at 17,081.98 points
The broader Topix gained 0.7 percent to 1,352.58, with 1.542 billion shares changing hands, lower than 30-day average trading volume of 1.838 billon shares.
The JPX-Nikkei Index 400 advanced 0.6 percent to 12,160.56.
Meanwhile, the Mothers index, which lists start-up companies, rose 1.0 percent to 939.58, its highest closing level since Aug. 16. (Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa; Editing by Kim Coghill)