Asian markets closed mostly lower on Friday after U.S. markets finished in the red on concerns about the future of tax reform stateside.
Japan's Nikkei 225 came under pressure, sliding 0.62 percent, or 141.23, to close at 22,553.22, but was off session lows. Major exporters traded lower as the dollar lost ground against the yen. Toyota closed down 1.83 percent and Honda was 1.02 percent lower. Telcos also declined, with SoftBank losing 2.39 percent and NTT Docomo tumbling 4.6 percent by the end of the day.
Japan's most recent tankan survey released on Friday showed large manufacturers' sentiment had improved for a fifth consecutive quarter, Reuters reported. The score of plus 25 recorded was the highest in 11 years, according to Reuters.