TOKYO, Sept 9 Japan's Nikkei share average
turned negative in mid-morning trade on Friday, erasing earlier
gains after sentiment was soured by news of an artificial
earthquake in North Korea seen as a possible nuclear test.
The Nikkei fell 0.3 percent to 16,917.22 as of 0058
GMT, after rising to as high as 17,029.78 earlier.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 5.3-magnitude seismic
event in North Korea on Friday, near a nuclear test site in the
northeastern part of the county.
(Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)