Asian shares ended mixed on the final day of the week with traders hesitant to make big bets ahead of Friday's U.S. jobs report.
The mood was also quiet due to the holiday period. Chinese financial markets remain closed until Monday while both Japanese and South Korean markets will be shut Monday and Tuesday for public holidays.
Escalating tensions in eastern Ukraine also weighed on sentiment. Pro-Russian separatists in the town of Slaviansk said that Ukrainian forces launched a "large-scale operation" to retake the town, according to Reuters.
For the week, Australia's benchmark index was the region's worst performer with losses of 1.3 percent. South Korea's Kospi came in second, down 0.6 percent, while the Nikkei outperformed with a 0.2 percent gain.