Japanese stocks fell on Wednesday despite gains on the US markets following a testimony by Janet Yellen.
The head of the US Federal Reserve said the US economy faced uncertainty, but that a recession was unlikely.
Unimpressed by the gains on Wall Street, Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index fell by 0.6% to close at 16,065.72 points.
The region’s second largest market, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng, rose 0.7% to 20,807.82.
In mainland China, the Shanghai Composite was 0.5% higher at 2,891.01 points.
In South Korea, the Kospi index rose by 0.4% to finish at 1,992.59.
Australia’s ASX 200 ended the day flat at 5,270.90