Asia markets advanced on Thursday, with Japanese shares closing higher after wavering in the morning session as stocks came under pressure from a slightly stronger yen.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 switched between gains and losses throughout the day before closing 171.78 points, or 1.07 percent, higher at 16,254.89. The Topix added 11.01 points, or 0.87 percent, at 1,282.99.
The Japanese yen was stronger against the dollar in the morning, trading as high as 100.84, before pulling back to a session low of 101.66. As of 2:47 p.m. HK/SIN, the currency pair traded at 101.54.
The yen had strengthened in recent days after some investors were left disappointed by details of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's fiscal stimulus plan, which followed on the heels of a lower-than-expected monetary policy stimulus announced by the Bank of Japan.
Australia's benchmark ASX 200 closed up 10.08 points, or 0.18 percent, at 5,475.80, with the energy sub-index rallying 2 percent following the overnight rebound in oil prices.