Japan's Nikkei share average closed slightly weaker on Tuesday, having touched its highest levels since mid-December earlier in the day before a decline in Asian stocks and selling pressure ahead of the fiscal year-end in March forced a retreat.
The Nikkei ended the day down 0.37 percent at 21,449.39 after touching a high of 21,610.88, a level unseen since mid-December.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 percent on Tuesday as its recent run to a five-month high ran out of steam.
The broader Topix shed 0.23 percent to 1,617.20.
Source : Reuters