Asian indexes closed mostly higher on Thursday after stocks in the region sold off earlier this week. Stocks in greater China, however, underperformed, their regional peers.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index surged 1.68 percent, or 387.82 points, to close at 23,486.11, snapping a six-day losing streak. The move came as the dollar firmed against the yen. Energy-related stocks were higher as oil prices recovered: Inpex rose 2.71 percent and JXTG Holdings gained 3.12 percent by the end of the day.
Nintendo shares closed higher by 0.52 percent after the company on Wednesday announced third-quarter profit rose 261 percent to 116.5 billion yen ($1.07 billion), beating forecasts. The company said earlier Thursday it would partner with U.S. studio Illumination to produce a film about Nintendo character Mario.
Other technology sector names were mixed, with SoftBank up 0.52 percent. Automakers, financials and retailers traded in positive territory. Index heavyweight Fast Retailing rose 1.85 percent.