Nikkei .N225 was up 0.7 % at 10883.53 points (Japan) and Australia’s benchmark index .AXJO was also higher by 0.2 percent. The MSCI’s index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS added 0.3 percent.
Minutes of the Fed’s Jan 25-26 policy session on Wednesday presented officials were more certain on economic bright future, though the job recovery remained a concern.
With the Dow Jones industrial average Wall Street ended higher
.DJI closing half a percent up, helped by strong results from Dell Inc (DELL.O) which beat market estimates, sending its shares up by 11.9 percent.