A raft of Japanese economic data suggests the economy is starting to struggle.
Nikkei 225 and S&P/ASX 200 each fell half a per cent as momentum faded.
US stocks edged up 0.1 per cent to fresh record highs, while European markets hit their best levels in a month.
Harrington Cooper’s managing partner Harry Dickinson says interest in the UK is picking up from Chinese and Asia Pacific asset managers.
Market sentiment had been up earlier, after a strong overnight session pushed the S&P 500 up 0.5 per cent to 1,981.
Matthews Asia predicts economic growth as a result of Chinese reforms.
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