Japan's core machinery orders, a highly volatile data series regarded as an indicator of capital spending in the coming six to nine months, fell 3.6 percent in July, official data showed on Thursday.
That was much worse than a 3.7 percent increase expected by economists, and followed a 7.9 percent month-on-month decline in June.
In China, Asia's biggest economy, analysts already expect a further slowdown in economic growth, now at its lowest in a generation.
Benchmark Brent crude oil futures were trading at $47.52 per barrel at 0130 GMT, just below levels of their last settlement. U.S. crude futures were virtually unchanged at $44.16 a barrel.
Oil prices have fallen by over 50 percent since June 2014, when soaring global output began to clash with slowing economies in Asia, the main growth engine for commodities of the last years.
The weakening in Asia's economies and commodity demand is having far-reaching effects.
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