Japan's benchmark index rose more than 1 percent on Thursday as regional manufacturing surveys led by China beat expectations and on upbeat views a day after OPEC reached its first deal since 2008 to cut oil production.
The Nikkei 225 closed 1.12 percent, or 204.64 points, at 18,513.12, led by energy stocks such as Inpex, which was up 9.95 percent and Japan Petroleum Exploration, which jumped 12.2 percent. A weaker yen helped as well. The yen traded around 114.12 against the greenback as of 2:11 pm HK/SIN, compared to levels as low as 112 earlier this week.
Australia's ASX 200 finished up 1.1 percent, or 59.77 points, at 5,500.24. The benchmark was led by strong gains in its energy sub-index, which was up 7.21 percent and its materials sub-index, which gained 2.88 percent.
Official statistics showed the Australia's business investment fell by 4 percent in the third-quarter, a steeper fall than Reuters analysts forecast of a 2.5 percent decline. The fall in investments will likely impact the third-quarter gross domestic product due Dec. 7.