Most Asia markets finished higher on Tuesday, while Japanese shares edged down in a muted reaction to better-than-expected economic data.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 closed nearly flat, down 0.07 percent, or 12.13 points, at 16,725.36, while the Topix edged down 0.43 point, or 0.03 percent, to 1,312.81. Both indexes wavered modestly between positive and negative throughout the session.
Data released before the Japanese market opened showed Japan's household spending fell 0.5 percent on-year in July, narrower than a Reuters poll forecast for a 0.9 percent decline. Japan's retail sales slipped 0.2 percent on-year in July, a narrower decline than a median market forecast for a 0.9 percent drop, according to Reuters.
Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July came in at 3.0 percent, a touch lower than June's 3.1 percent and the lowest since 1995.
But Graham Harman, senior investment strategist for Asia Pacific at Russell Investments, told CNBC's "Street Signs" that the drop in unemployment did not mean there was strong growth in employment.