Japanese shares fell on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would raise tariffs on Chinese imports if no deal was reached with Beijing to end a trade war.
At 02:05 GMT the Nikkei index was down 0.83% at 23,096.61.
Trump's comments, which he made on Tuesday at a cabinet meeting at the White House, further dented hopes for a resolution to a 16-month long trade war that has curbed global trade.
The Topix index fell 0.68% to 1,685.19, on course for its biggest decline since Nov. 14.
Source : Reuters