South Korean stocks were unable to track the Nikkei's stellar gains but still managed to bounce off Friday's eleven-week low of 1,923 points. Gains were capped as caution set in ahead of high-level talks between North and South Korea this week.
Among the key topics that are due to be discussed is the re-opening of the Kaesong industrial complex, which was shuttered earlier this year after ties between Seoul and Pyongyang deteriorated.
Amid market laggards, automakers Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors fell 1 percent each as the yen resumed its pace of declines.
Seoul's benchmark index is trading well below it's 200-day simple moving average of 1,958, which indicates that the market may be in a long-term downtrend.
Hong Kong Up
Hong Kong stocks shrugged off China's dismal economic data over the weekend to track Asia-wide gains. Retailers gained with sportswear brand Li & Fung adding as much as 2 percent .
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Meanwhile, shares of Tencent Holdings, one of China's largest Internet companies, jumped 3 percent on news that it may is expected to acquire a 15 percent stake in Malaysia's Patimas Computers.
— By CNBC.com's Nyshka Chandran. Follow her on Twitter