Most Asian markets were closed Thursday for the Lunar New Year holiday, but Tokyo closed at a seven month high.
Tokyo's Nikkei index gained 80 points to close at 11,554. Markets in Bangkok, Manila and Sydney also closed higher, while Bombay and Wellington were down.
Markets in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia and South Korea were closed.
In late afternoon Tokyo currency trading, the dollar was selling at 105.64 yen, up .25 yen from the same time Wednesday.