Japan's Nikkei snapped four straight days of gains on Friday morning as weak U.S. economic data dampened sentiment, though the selling was contained by more signs of progress in U.S.-China trade talks.
The Nikkei share average dropped 0.3 percent to 21,391.99 in midmorning trade, though it is still up 2.3 percent for the week so far.
The U.S. Commerce Department said new orders for key U.S.-made capital goods unexpectedly fell in December.
The broader Topix declined 0.4 percent to 1,606.90.
Source : Reuters