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Asian stocks started the week mixed as concerns escalate over Ukraine after exit polls from a weekend referendum showed Crimea voting to join Russia.
Japan's Nikkei fell on Wednesday while other Asian shares were cautious before the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting.
Japan's benchmark index rallied to a near three-week high on Tuesday following the Bank of Japan's monetary policy announcement.
Asian equity markets rose on Monday following a strong lead from Wall Street on Friday while investors shrugged off weak economic data from Japan.
Asian shares were mixed on Friday with Japan hitting a one-week low while the rest of the region gained on higher-than-expected Chinese inflation.
Asian equity markets ended lower on Thursday due to profit-taking and as investors focused on regional earnings reports.
Asian stocks gained on Wednesday after Janet Yellen reassured Wall Street that the Fed would continue to provide monetary stimulus.
Asian equities rose on Tuesday but trade was subdued as investors awaited a speech from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
Asian stock markets rose on Monday following last week's rally on Wall Street as investors brushed off a worse-than-expected U.S. jobs report.