Asian markets closed mostly higher on Thursday following a rally in oil and copper prices this week. Trade was thin ahead of the long New Year's weekend.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index closed lower by 0.56 percent at 22,783.98 as the dollar lost ground against the yen. Most energy stocks that had run up in the previous session gave up some of those gains to finish lower. Banks, automakers and most tech firms also closed lower.
Those moves came despite official data earlier in the morning showing retail sales and industrial output for November had both topped median projections.
Elsewhere, South Korea's Kospi bounced 1.26 percent to end at 2,467.49, outpacing other indexes in the region. The move higher had been driven by gains in blue-chip tech names, although retailers also climbed higher, with Lotte Himart closing up 4.39 percent.
Samsung Electronics finished the session higher by 3.24 percent, shrugging off headlines on Wednesday that prosecutors were looking for a 12-year prison sentence for Jay Y. Lee. The Samsung Electronics vice chairman is appealing a five-year sentence linked to a corruption case.