Asia equities ended mostly higher on Thursday following reassurance that the U.S. Federal Reserve would not raise interest rates anytime soon but a stronger yen weighed on Japanese shares.
South Korean markets were shut for a public holiday.
Minutes from the Federal Reserve's September 16-17 policy meeting released on Wednesday confirmed the central bank's dovish tone. They also showed a heated debate on forward guidance. Some members argued that current language painted the wrong picture on the timing of rate hikes and pushed for rate hikes to be more dependent on economic data.
Wall Street indices closed up nearly 2 percent overnight following the minutes, their biggest one-day gain of the year.
"The minutes were a very clear reminder that the 'considerable period' of time is going nowhere in the interim and that the Fed was massaging market expectations as best it could...The majority still see slack in the employment market, the Fed's growth and inflation outlooks were downgraded and the minutes gave the distinct impression that nothing will change come the October meeting either," said Evan Lucas, market strategist at IG.