Asian stocks started the week mixed, with Japanese indices bucking a predominantly negative trend as the yen fell.
Better-than-expected GDP data from Japan also boosted sentiment. The economy expanded by 0.5% in the third quarter, compared with a Bloomberg consensus for 0.2%, thanks to a surprise gain in net exports. On the year, the economy expanded by 2.2%, well above the 0.9% expected, according to a preliminary government estimate.
The dollar was recently up 0.89% against the yen at 107.6000.
The Nikkei 225 closed up 1.71% at 17,672.62, while the Topix closed up 1.58% at 1,400.00.
Citizen Watch led the Nikkei higher, rising 9.6% after the company reported declining first-half sales and earnings on Friday and announced it would cancel treasury shares equating to about 3% of its share capital.
U.S. stock futures were up, with the Dow Jones mini gaining 0.56%, the S&P 500 mini up 0.49% and the Nasdaq 100 mini up 0.53%.
In China the CSI 300 rose 0.38% to 3,430.13.
Chinese government data pointed to recovering industrial investment , with industrial spending putting annual industrial value-added growth at 6.1% in October. The growth rate was stable on September's but came in just under the 6.2% expected.
Year-to-date growth in fixed asset investment edged up to 8.3% from 8.2%, ahead of expectations for 8.2% growth. However, separate government data on retail sales disappointed. October retail sales rose by 10.0% in October year-on-year instead of the 10.7% predicted, the National Bureau of Statistics office report showed.
In Hong Kong the Hang Seng fell 1.33% to 22,230.98, with banking and real estate stocks giving up last week's gains.