Asia shares mostly rose Wednesday as investors digested U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.14 percent to close at 20,874.06 while the Topix index slipped 0.05 percent to 1,582.13.
Australian shares retraced early losses as the country's benchmark ASX 200 rose 0.34 percent to close 6,026.1.
Still, the so-called Big Four banks in Australia stumbled followed gains in the previous session. Shares of ANZ were down 1.68 percent, Commonwealth Bank lost 1.36 percent, Westpac shed 1.24 percent and the National Australia Bank fell 1.4 percent. On Tuesday, banking stocks had gained after a special government-appointed inquiry into Australia's financial sector did not recommend breaking up any of the banks or interfering in the way they lend money.
The session in Asia followed gains on Wall Street overnight as other major markets in the region remained closed for public holidays.
In his State of the Union address, Trump claimed the only things that can stop a strong U.S. economy "are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations." He faces a slew of investigations from the new House Democratic majority and warned the party against coming probes into his policies and personal finances.
Trump also announced he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam at the end of February as part of his administration's efforts to roll back the country's nuclear program.