Asian stocks were subdued in Wednesday trade, tracking the mixed performance on Wall Street overnight.
The Nikkei 225 edged up 0.1 percent, or 23.72 points, to close at 22,891.72 as banks and trading houses rose. Tech shares were mixed, with Nintendo sliding 1.26 percent by the end of the day. Japan Display bounced 3.08 percent following local media reports that it was in investment talks to potentially receive above 200 billion yen ($1.8 billion) from three Chinese companies, Reuters said.
Automaker Subaru plunged 7.06 percent after the company acknowledged a report that inspectors who had yet to be certified conducted vehicle inspections. Subaru said it would be implementing measures to restore public trust in the company. The rest of the Japanese auto sector was a mixed picture.
Meanwhile, South Korea's benchmark Kospi index ended 0.25 percent lower at 2,472.37 as gains in manufacturing names were offset losses in blue-chip names in other sectors. Samsung Electronics declined 1.32 percent, Hyundai Motor lost 0.33 percent and Posco rose 1.99 percent by the end of the day.