Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday, a day after heavy losses in world stock markets on nagging concerns over a potential reduction in monetary stimulus by the U.S. central bank.
Investors await minutes from the Federal Reserve's July meeting due out later in the day and that could provide fresh clues on when the central bank plans to taper its monthly bond purchases.
Japan's Nikkei 225 ended up 0.2 percent, reversing losses after hitting its lowest level in almost two months, while Australian shares edged 0.4 percent higher. South Korea's Kospi closed down 1.1 percent and the Hang Seng fell 1 percent in Hong Kong.
Tokyo Electric Power shares fell 9.3 percent after it said there were high levels of radiation leaking from its Fukushima nuclear plant.
Sony shares rallied 0.5 percent on news the tech giant had more than 1 million preorders worldwide for its new PlayStation 4 console.