Japanese shares fell before rebounding to trade higher, with the Nikkei 225 average closing up 119.71 points, or 1.4 percent, to 8,847.01. Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 2.3 percent at 15,214.46, and South Korea's Kospi added 0.9 percent to 1368.80. Elsewhere, markets in Australia and Singapore pushed higher. India's Sensex added 1.8 percent. Shanghai's main index was little changed with a 0.1 percent gain.
Oil prices were little changed, with benchmark crude for June delivery down 7 cents at $48.78 a barrel.
The dollar fell to 97.83 yen from 98.03 yen, while the euro rose to $1.3061 from $1.3035.
___AP Business Writer Jeremiah Marquez in Hong Kong contributed to this report.