Most Asian markets closed mixed on Monday as investors kept an eye on political developments in the U.S. after a government shutdown began last week.
Japan's Nikkei 225 was little changed, closing higher by 0.03 percent at 23,816.33. Automakers were mixed: Toyota shed 0.78 percent while Mitsubishi Motors tacked on 1.74 percent by the end of the day. Technology stocks were mostly higher, with Sony closing up 1.09 percent and SoftBank Group advancing 0.95 percent.
Shares of Toshiba popped 4.35 percent. The move higher followed news that the company was contemplating listing its memory unit. An IPO was one suggestion under consideration should the $18 billion sale of its chip unit to a Bain-led consortium fail to secure approval from regulators by end-March, the Financial Times reported Monday, citing sources.