Asian markets moved into positive territory on Monday, taking a cue from the U.S. last week after markets climbed to new high on improved risk appetite as investors shook off geopolitical concerns over North Korea's weekend ballistic missile test.
Economic data in the region has also been relatively buoyant, with Japan's economy expanding for the fourth straight quarter at an annualized rate of 1.0 percent in October to December period, supported by solid exports and capital expenditure.
Also last Friday, China's trade figures for January had topped forecasts, with exports up 7.9 percent from a year earlier and imports up 16.7 percent.
The Nikkei Stock Average closed up 0.41 percent or 80.2 points at 19,459.15 after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's weekend visit to the U.S. and first meeting with President Trump.
Over the weekend, Trump set aside harsh rhetoric about Japan stealing American jobs and taking advantage of U.S. defense aid over the weekend, and reaffirmed that "U.S. commitment to defend Japan through the full range of U.S. military capabilities, both nuclear and conventional, is unwavering," in a joint statement.