PMI Nikkei yang dikeluarkan pagi ini melegakan para pelabur apabila ia menyatakan keyakinan perniagaan mencapai tahap tertinggi dalam tempoh beberapa tahun.
The prime minister tells a conference in Japan that Malaysia is an open book.
BNM dilihat kan menumpukan kepada risiko penurunan luaran terhadap ekonomi domestik bagi memastikan pendirian dasarnya akomodatif.
Shares remained under moderate pressure throughout the session as investors cashed in on recent gains.
Tokyo stocks had risen in early trade, tracking gains on Wall Street following the latest encouraging reports from the US-China trade talks.
There was little impact on the market from the Bank Of Japan's decision to keep monetary policy steady.
All of the Topix's 33 subsectors were in the red, with cyclical stocks such as shippers and machinery firms leading the losses.
The Nikkei ended the day with 0.37% at 21,449.39 after a high 21,610.88, a level unseen since mid-December.
The agreement in principle in Washington to avoid another shutdown helped boost Wall Street overnight.
For the week, the Nikkei is on track to post a 2% decline.
Investors are watching individual shares as company earnings are being released.
The Nikkei share average rose 1.0% to 20,773.56, the highest closing level since Dec 19.
Tokyo shares began trading in the red, touching the day's low of 20,438.22 a minute after the opening bell, after Wall Street shares ended down.
Sektor jatuh kepada 46.8 mata pada Disember berbanding 48.2 mata bulan lepas.
The Nikkei report says the Malaysian economy took a hit in each month of the fourth quarter.
The bellwether index lost 12.1% from a year earlier to end at 20,014.77 in roller-coaster trade.
The Nikkei 225 index soared 3.88% or 750.56 points to close at 20,077.62.
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The yen's appreciation came to a lull, helping boost exporter shares on Wednesday.
All of the Tokyo Stock Exchange's 33 subsectors were in the red.
The Nikkei 225 index closed down 2.84% or 595.34 points to finish at 20,392.58, the lowest since September last year.
Most Asian equity futures slipped after Treasuries gained with the yen on Friday when US stocks tracked global declines amid concern over the health of world economic growth.
The dollar fetched ¥113.57 in early Asian trade, against ¥113.60 in New York late Thursday.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose %0.87 or 183.06 points to 21,331.08 in early trade while the broader Topix index was up %0.82 or 12.88 points at 1,588.19.