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Asia pared losses on Friday after the Bank of Japan left monetary policy unchanged and as the U.S. government shutdown dragged into a fourth day.
For some Japan watchers, there was one event this week even more important than Abe's decision to proceed with a sales tax hike: a baseball game.
Asian stocks outside Japan were higher on Thursday as positive Chinese economic data overshadowed ongoing woes about Washington's budget stalemate.
Japanese shares fell to their lowest level in three weeks on Wednesday while fears about a U.S. budget battle weighed on the rest of Asia.
Asian stocks held onto modest gains on Tuesday after the U.S. began the first partial federal shutdown since 1996.
Asian stocks experienced a broad sell-off on Monday over weak Chinese factory data and worries about a shutdown of the U.S. government.
Asian equities ended the week mostly higher but trade was rangebound due to worries over a U.S. government shutdown.
Japan's benchmark index staged a dramatic turnaround on Thursday to outperform Asian equity markets but sentiment remained cautious ahead of of next week's U.S. budget vote.
Asian equities were mostly lower on Wednesday after Wall Street logged its fourth straight session of losses amid uncertainty surrounding U.S. budget discussions.
Asian stocks pared back some of their losses on Tuesday as investors continued to fret about the future of U.S. monetary stimulus among a lack of market catalysts.