The Nikkei 225 traded up by 0.35 percent, 78.34 points, to close at 22,270.38. Most major sectors in Japan rose, with the shipping sector leading the way — closing up by 2.44 percent.
In South Korea, the Kospi rose by 0.28 percent to close at 2,247.05, with the tech industry and the auto sector mostly down. Major auto manufacturer Kia Motors fell 0.93 percent by the end of the day.
Down Under, the ASX 200 edged around 0.17 percent higher to close at 6,339.20. Fortescue Metals ended the trading day down 1.17 percent.
The Hang Seng Index traded 0.11 percent up with the most sectors in mixed territory as of 3:05 p.m. HK/SIN. Also in focus was Tencent, which had seen its shares slide earlier in the week following a string of negative news. The Chinese tech giant’s stock was up 3.01 percent in afternoon trade.
The Turkish lira, which has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks after touching a record low on Monday, continued strengthening from levels last seen during Asian trade on Thursday afternoon. The currency traded at 5.7963 per U.S. dollar at 3:41 p.m. HK/SIN.
In the last session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 396.32 points to close 1.58 percent higher at 25,558.73, posting its biggest jump since April 10. Other U.S. indexes saw more moderate gains.
The dollar index was at 96.495. Against the yen, the dollar traded at 110.72 as of 3:11 p.m. HK/SIN, after the safe-haven Japanese currency traded above the 111 level earlier in the day.