Asian stocks ended the week mainly in the red ahead of an October jobs report from the U.S. that is seen likely to give Fed justification to raise interest rates next month.
Meanwhile, the race to win the U.S. Presidential elections intensified, with polls suggesting Republican candidate Donald Trump is now neck-and-neck with the Democrats' Hillary Clinton, the financial markets' choice.
The U.S. Labor Department releases nonfarm payroll numbers for October at 8.30 a.m. local time and analysts are looking for about 175,000 new jobs, up from 156,00 in September.
U.S. stock futures were up, with the Dow Jones gaining 0.7%, the S&P 500 up 0.10% and Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.11%. The dollar was up 0.31% against the yen at ¥103.3000
The Nikkei 225 closed down 1.34% at 16,905.36 after markets reopened after yesterday's public holiday. The Topix dropped 1.56% at 1,347.04.
Air-bag maker Takata (TKTDY) was down 1.8% after paring earlier losses. It fell on a Reuters report that it may file for bankruptcy in the U.S. following mass recalls after its products were linked to fatalities during car crashes. Outlets including Reuters and Bloomberg also reported that Kohlberg Kravis Roberts had pulled a bid for the company.
The Nikkei/Markit service sector purchasing managers' index for Japan in October crossed the 50 threshold where contraction stops and expansion begins, rising to 50.5 in October from 48.2. The report noted the sharpest expansion in new orders since February.
In Hong Kong the Hang Seng was up 0.05% at 22,694.97.
Wanda Cinema Line was up 2.2% after parent Dalian Wanda made its first move into TV production with a $1 billion deal to buy Dick Clark Productions, the U.S. studio behind the Golden Globe Awards, from Eldridge Industries.
In mainland China, the CSI 300 was down 0.39% at 3,351.90.
In Sydney the ASX/S&P 200 dropped 0.86% to 5,180.82. Banks fell, with National Australia Bank down 2.5%.
Brent crude oil was up 0.02% at $46.36 a barrel and gold was down 0.44% at $1,297.01 an ounce.