Asian shares dropped in volatile trading on Tuesday as political tensions in the Middle East and the Korean peninsula added uncertainty coupled with the impending elections in France, driving irritated investors to safe assets such as the yen and treasury bonds.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares fell by 0.4%.
The Nikkei index fell by 0.5% in Tokyo, weighed down by a strong yen. The drop was led by Toshiba Corp., whose shares edged down 4.3%.
Chinese stocks were down 0.1%, and shares in Hong Kong dipped 0.7%.