Asian equities ended mixed Wednesday following a Bank of Japan monetary policy decision and as traders focused on political developments in Thailand.
In Tokyo, the Bank of Japan kept policy steady at the conclusion of its two-day policy meeting, as widely expected. Attention now falls on governor Haruhiko Kuroda's post-meeting press conference for clues on the chances of new stimulus measures. Meanwhile, the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's last meeting are due later in the day.
A negative lead from Wall Street also weighed on sentiment. U.S. shares declined for the first time in three sessions on Tuesday with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing at its lowest level in almost a month.