Asian bourses closed higher on Thursday, taking cues from a stronger finish in U.S. markets, as traders digested comments from top central bankers overnight.
Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.45 percent or 89.89 points to close at 20,220.3. South Korea's benchmark Kospi index traded higher by 0.55 percent or 13.1 points to close at 2,395.66. The Kospi opened at a record high and briefly crossed the 2,400 level earlier in the session.
Over in Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 closed higher by 1.08 percent or 62.402 points at 5,818.1, led by gains in the energy, materials and information technology sub-indexes.
Markets in greater China were also in the green. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index closed up by 1.1 percent or 281.92 points at 25,965.42. On the mainland, the Shanghai Composite edged higher by 0.46 percent or 14.6973 points to finish at 3,187.8987 and the Shenzhen Composite advanced 0.472 percent or 8.8979 points to close at 1,892.2692.
Indonesian markets remain closed today.