Asia markets were largely positive on Thursday, on the back of news that the U.S. was attempting to restart trade negotiations with China.
The Nikkei 225 saw a gain of 0.96 percent to end the trading day at 22,821.32, with the moves coming after Japan saw an 11 percent increase in core machinery orders for the month of July, largely rebounding from a decline in the prior month.
Some economists, however, warned that the number should be "put into context."
"This is a pretty good number, but I think it still doesn't ease our worries about the export outlook for Japan," said Izumi Devalier, head of Japan economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Speaking with CNBC's Akiko Fujita, Devalier said the released number reflects domestic orders and not overseas demand, where she was "starting to see some weakness," particularly from China, though it was "hard to say" if that was directly related to the ongoing tariff war between Washington and Beijing.
South Korea's Kospi also climbed by 0.14 percent to close at 2,286.23.
Greater China markets fell from their earlier highs but were broadly positive, as Hong Kong's Hang Seng index surged by 2.54 percent to close at 27,014.49.
Over on the mainland, the Shanghai composite was higher by 1.15 percent to close around 2,686.58 while the Shenzhen composite returned to positive territory, ending the trading day higher by 0.71 percent at approximately 1,413.57.
Down Under, the ASX 200 ended the day 0.76 percent lower at 6,128.7, with its utilities sector down by 2.15 percent.
The moves in Australia came after employment numbers from jobs data for the month of August exceeded expectations at 44,000 as compared to the Reuters forecast of 15,000.
"The strong (labor) market is clearly a source of strength for household incomes and if sustained points to stronger wages growth," Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy and chief economist at AMP Capital, said in a note.