Japanese shares ended virtually unchanged, recouping losses after touching their lowest levels since April 8 earlier in the session. Japan's Nikkei 225 index has seen directionless trading after breaching the psychologically-important 20,000-point level last week, due to profit-taking and China's GDP data released Wednesday.
Toyota Motor, which was in focus for its expansion plans in Mexico and China's Guangzhou city, drifted up 0.4 percent. Export-oriented stocks were mixed, succumbing to the pressure from a stronger currency. Sony tanked 2.3 percent, while Nissan and Canon nursed losses of 0.3 and 0.5 percent each.