Japanese shares dropped on Thursday in a mixed Asian trading session, as a stronger yen weighed on sentiment.
During trading hours, the Japanese yen strengthened as high as 99.62 against the dollar before retreating slightly. As of 4:03 p.m. HK/SIN, after markets closed for the day, the yen traded at 100.05 against the dollar.
Declining exports in July may also have hit sentiment on exporters. Japan's July exports fell 14 percent on-year, the worst drop in seven years, but in line with expectations, while imports declined 24.7 percent, missing a Reuters forecast for a 20.6 percent decline.
Across the Korean Strait, the Kospi closed up 11.72 points, or 0.57 percent, at 2,055.47. In Australia, the ASX 200 dropped 27.23 points, or 0.49 percent, to 5,507.82, with the heavily-weighted financials sub-index declining 0.87 percent.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index climbed 223.38 points, or 0.98 percent, to 23,023.16. Hong Kong-listed shares of Tencent closed up 5.18 percent, after the company's results, released Wednesday, smashed expectations.