Tokyo lost 0.5 percent to 8,440.56 while China’s benchmark Shanghai index dropped nearly 1.1 percent to 2,166.21. Seoul, Taipei, Singapore and Jakarta declined. Hong Kong and Sydney were closed.
In Europe, France’s CAC 40 opened up 0.3 percent at 3,111.37 while Germany’s DAX also gained 0.3 percent to 5,897.57.
Pessimistic Asian investors expect upcoming indicators including Chinese manufacturing and Christmas retail sales in key Western markets to be lackluster, said Peng Yunliang, a market strategist for Shanghai Securities.