Benchmarks in Japan fell, Japan's Topix index fell 0.3 percent as of the lunch break in Tokyo.
The Topix Index is falling for the second day, dropping 0.3 percent to 1,815.59 in Tokyo.
Nikkei 225 weakened 0.1 percent to 24,001.72 at morning close
Fanuc Corp. contributed the most to the index decline, decreasing 3.5 percent. Fujikura Ltd. had the largest drop, falling 11.6 percent.
In midday trading, 1445 of 2097 shares fell, while 583 rose; 26 of 33 sectors were lower, led by electric appliances stocks.