Asian markets edged higher in Monday trade as investors focused their attention on the launch of bitcoin futures, and an upcoming Federal Reserve meeting that's slated for later in the week.
Japan's Nikkei 225 closed up 0.56 percent as most trading houses and automakers recorded gains. Tech shares, were a mixed picture, with Sony falling 1.82 percent and SoftBank Group higher by 0.83 percent.
Shares of construction company Obayashi Corporation were down 7.19 percent. The move followed a report from local newspaper Asahi Shimbun that prosecutors suspected the company was involved in bid-rigging.
Across the Korean Strait, the Kospi reversed early losses to end 0.30 percent higher as automakers and some tech stocks declined. Hyundai Motor fell 5.36 percent and Samsung Electronics was off by 0.42 percent.
Samsung Heavy Industries announced Joonou Nam would be the shipbuilder's new CEO following the resignation of its last chief executive, Reuters said. Shares closed down 1.31 percent after plunging some 10 percent earlier.