Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Friday after a mixed session on Wall Street, where tech sector losses offset gains in other parts of the market.
Tokyo’s benchmark slipped as the government was preparing about $490 billion in stimulus spending to help the world’s No. 3 economy cope with inflation. As expected, the Bank of Japan wrapped up a policy meeting by keeping its ultra-lax monetary policy unchanged even as it forecast higher inflation.
The Nikkei 225 index lost 0.5% to 27,210.03 while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong sank 2.3% to 15,069.69. The Shanghai Composite index shed 0.8% to 2,958.25.
The Kospi in Seoul declined 0.4% to 2,278.64. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 dropped 0.8% to 6,788.00.
The economic stimulus package due for approval Friday includes government funding of about 29 trillion yen ($200…