Japan's Nikkei share average inched lower on Tuesday as some selling pressure built ahead of the fiscal year-end.
The Nikkei ended the morning session down 0.2 percent at 21,485.29 points after touching 21,610.88, its highest since mid-December.
Broader markets have been buoyed after U.S. Donald Trump said he would delay a planned tariff hikes on Chinese imports as the two sides try to negotiate an end to their trade war. Wall Street shares the previous day added to weeks of gains made on trade optimism and dovish signals from the Federal Reserve.
The broader Topix shed 0.27 percent to 1,616.48.
Source : Reuters