Japanese stocks fluctuated as investors tried to keep track of the latest developments on trade relations between the U.S. and China.
Japanese shares of telecommunications and electronics makers rose, while car producers and land transportation companies fell.
Topix +0.1% at 1,551.05 as of midday break in Tokyo. Nikkei 225 +0.3% at 21,344.05. Yen -0.1% at 110.56 per dollar.
Electronics makers: Murata Manufacturing +1.6%, Nidec +1.1%. Railways: JR Central -1.6%, JR East -1.4%. Auto makers: Suzuki -4.9%, Nissan -1.5%.