Japans Nikkei 225 rose 1.13 percent in early trade, while the Topix index was up 1.2 percent. South Koreas Kospi index gained 0.87 percent.
MSCIs broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.3 percent after sliding to its lowest level since Dec. 11 on Friday.
MSCIs broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was 0.3 percent lower at 607.77 after reaching a record high above 610 on Wednesday, weighed down after Wall Street shares stalled overnight.
Japans Nikkei 225 hovered around the flat line in the early going. Automakers were mixed: Toyota declined 0.66 percent while Mitsubishi Motors tacked on 1.04 percent. Technology stocks traded mostly higher, with Sony rising 1.09 percent and SoftBank Group advancing 0.71 percent.
Japans benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.22 percent in early trade. The index had touched a fresh 26-year high in the last session, but pulled back from that level later in the day.
The Nikkei 225 advanced 1.12 percent, rebounding after recording a near 2 percent fall in the middle of the week. Also providing support for the increase was the softer yen, which traded above the 113 level to the dollar. Automakers, tech names and trading houses recorded gains.
Down Under, the S&P/ASX 200 shed 0.07 percent. The energy and materials sub-indexes led gains in the broader market after commodity prices strengthened overnight. Those gains, however, were offset by losses in the utilities and consumer discretionary sub-indexes.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abes ruling coalition secured a two-thirds super majority after winning 312 out of 465 seats available at Sundays election, Reuters said, citing local media. Abes solid win at the polls points to a continuation of fiscal and hyper-easy monetary policies under his Abenomics program.
Japans Nikkei 225 climbed for a ninth straight day, with investors looking to extend gains after the benchmark index touched a fresh 21-year high in the last session. The index was up 0.7 percent.
Japans Nikkei 225 was little changed, with the index sliding 0.04 percent a day after touching a 21-year high. Gains in retail names were offset by losses in blue-chip auto and tech stocks: Fast Retailing soared 3.53 percent, Toyota was off 0.71 percent and Softbank Group lost 0.45 percent.
MSCIs broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.15 percent.
Japans Nikkei 225 rose 0.35 percent, with gains in automakers, trading houses and financials driving the broader rise in the index. Across the Korean strait, the Kospi traded just below the flat line, falling 0.03 percent.
In Australia, the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index was higher by 0.26 percent, driven by strong showings in its materials sub-index, which was up 1.57 percent.
The Nikkei 225 advanced 0.59 percent and South Koreas benchmark Kospi index edged up 0.01 percent.
Stocks in Asia were mostly flat on Thursday following a slightly lower close on Wall Street in the last session and ahead of the Caixin PMI data from China due later in the morning.
Asia opens mostly flat after latest North Korea missile test; China, US, UK markets shut for holidays
North Korea fired what looked to be a ballistic missile near its coast. The missile reportedly landed in the Sea of Japan after staying in the air for 6 minutes. This is the ninth missile the hermit state has tested this year, as it faces increasing pressure from the U.S. and historical ally China over its missile testing program.
Japans Nikkei 225 declined 0.25 percent after the dollar/yen slipped below the 111 handle.
The Kospi was down by 0.52 percent, with China-exposed stocks pressured following heightened tensions in the Korean peninsula. Shares for Lotte Shopping, the retail arm of conglomerate Lotte, fell by 1.59 percent, while shares of LG Electronics plunged 1.97 percent.
Japanese benchmark Nikkei 225 dropped more than 1.5 percent and the safe-haven yen strengthened.
During Asian trade, Brent crude futures were up 0.66 percent to USD 52.15 a barrel, and US crude gained 0.57 percent to USD 49.14.
Chinas Shanghai composite added 0.11 percent while the Shenzhen composite gained 0.15 percent.
Chinese stocks were resiliently higher, with Shanghai composite up 0.03 percent and Shenzhen composite added 0.3 percent. Hong Kongs Hang Seng index was up 0.46 percent.
Japans Nikkei and South Koreas Kospi each added 0.15 percent.
Japans Nikkei 225 index was down 0.57 percent as the yen strengthened against the dollar to trade at 112.94, climbing from levels below 114.4 in the previous week.
The broader South Korean market was mixed, with the Kospi down 0.35 percent and the Kosdaq up 0.15 percent. Elsewhere, Japanese shares were also lower, with the Nikkei Stock Average down 0.69 percent and the Topix off by 0.59 percent.
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