Japan's Nikkei average edged higher on Monday, moving in a narrow range, while investors remained concerned over rising number of coronavirus cases.
The benchmark index rose 0.09% to 22,49.32 by the midday break, tracking a 0.4% gain in U.S. S&P 500 futures.
On the Nikkei index, there were 105 advancers against 116 decliners.
Investors remained cautious as the World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the biggest in North and South America.
Sentiments also soured after Apple Inc announced a temporary shutdown on Friday of its 11 stores in Florida, Arizona, South Carolina and North Carolina..
Apple Inc's store closure announcement resulted in a fall in Apple-related stocks in Japan, with Alps Alpine falling 1.25%, Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd dipping 1.01% and Rohm Co Ltd edging 0.67% lower.
In the broader market, Topix fell 0.04% to 1,582.17, with almost a half of 33 sector sub-indexes on the Tokyo exchange in negative territory.
Steelmakers and pharmaceutical sectors were the biggest advancers among the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s subindexes, each notching up 1.39% and 1.26% respectively.
Toshiba Corp jumped 6.28% after the company announced in a statement that it plans to monetise its stake in former flash memory chips unit Kioxia Holdings and return a majority of the net proceeds to shareholders.