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Asia markets mostly slip as Japan real wages fall for 26th straight month; China stocks drop for fifth day

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  • Investors await U.S. consumer price index reading, due Thursday stateside, to assess the Federal Reserve's interest rate path.
  • Data from the country's ministry of health, labor and welfare indicated that real wages in Japan fell 1.4% year on year in May, its 26th straight month of decline
  • The mainland Chinese CSI300 slid 0.3%, on pace for a fifth day of losses and marking its lowest level since February.

Asia-Pacific markets were mostly lower on Monday as investors awaited key economic data from the U.S. and China later this week, while election results in France overnight signaled a hung parliament.

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France's left-wing New Popular Front coalition on Sunday unexpectedly thwarted a far-right advance, clinching the largest number of seats but falling short of an absolute majority in a parliamentary run-off vote.

Investors await the U.S. consumer price index reading, due Thursday stateside, to assess the Federal Reserve's interest rate path, while China's inflation figures on Wednesday will signal the state of the country's economic recovery.

Central bank decisions from South Korea, New Zealand and Malaysia will also be announced this week, although no changes are expected, according to a Reuters poll of economists.

Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.32% to close at 40,780.7, while the broad-based Topix was 0.57% lower to end at 2,867.61. The losses come as Japan's real wages fell for a 26th straight month.

Data from the country's ministry of health, labor and welfare indicated that real wages fell 1.4% year on year in May, although nominal wages rose 1.9% to 297,151 yen ($1,850). May's number was also the fastest wage increase in 11 months.

South Korea's Kospi fell 0.16% to close at 2,857.76, while the small-cap Kosdaq climbed 1.39% to end at 859.27. Shares of heavyweight Samsung Electronics gained 0.34%, despite the company's largest union slated to begin a three-day strike on Monday.

Reuters reported the National Samsung Electronics Union (NSEU), which has about 28,000 members, has demanded that the company improve its performance-based bonus system and give workers an extra day of annual leave.

It was not immediately clear how many workers would join the strike, but the union's poll found about 8,100 members agreeing to it as of Monday morning.

Hong Kong Hang Seng index fell 1.68% as of its final hour of trade, while the mainland Chinese CSI300 slid 0.85% to close at 3,401.76, notching a fifth day of losses and marking its lowest level since February.

Australia's S&P/ASX 200 finished 0.76% lower at 7,763.2, marking a second straight day of losses.

On Friday in the U.S., the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite rose to new highs, with both indexes posting a record close as the latest jobs report reignited hopes for rate cuts from the Federal Reserve.

The broad market index advanced 0.54%, closing at 5,567.19, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.90% to end at 18,352.76.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.17%.

—CNBC's Pia Singh and Alex Harring contributed to this report.

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