Wall Street's fresh record closing highs failed to boost sentiment in Asia markets on Tuesday, with Japanese shares selling off as the yen surged.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 fell 273.05 points, or 1.62 percent, to 16,596.51, while the broader Topix dropped 18.16 points, or 1.38 percent, to 1,298.47.
The Japanese yen traded as high as 100.14 against the dollar, compared with levels above 101.00 on Monday. As of 2:14 p.m. HK/SIN, the dollar/yen pair traded at 100.23.
In Australia, the benchmark ASX 200 slipped 7.96 points, or 0.14 percent, to 5,532.00, with the energy and gold sub-indexes beating the broader index to advance 1.09 and 1.3 percent, respectively. Offsetting those gains, the heavily weighted financials sub-index shed 0.26 percent.
In South Korea, the Kospi returned to trading after being shut on Monday for a public holiday, with the index finishing down 2.71 points, or 0.13 percent, at 2,047.76. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index was flat at 22,937 in late afternoon trade.
Chinese mainland markets were mixed, with the Shanghai composite closing down 14.71 points, or 0.47 percent, at 3,110.47, while the Shenzhen composite gained 13.56 points, or 0.67 percent, to 2,036.80.