Japan's Nikkei index managed to close at a new six-month high for a second straight day despite a choppy afternoon session that saw it pare gains from an earlier 1 percent rally. Investors took profits on the index, which has risen 8 percent in the past two weeks.
Meanwhile, dollar-yen remained comfortably above the 101 handle, but moved off an earlier four-and-a-half-month high of 101.35.
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Shares of Aeon REIT, the first Japanese Real Estate Investment Trust to contain an overseas asset, surged 8 percent on their debut.
SoftBank climbed 2.2 percent to a thirteen-year high after hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb disclosed an $1 billion position in the firm.
Sydney up 0.9%
Australia's benchmark index enjoyed a strong rebound from its previous one-month low, snapping a four-day losing streak thanks to a weaker currency.
The Australian dollar extended losses against the greenback following Thursday's 1.2 percent decline after Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens said he was open to currency intervention in order to weaken the Aussie.
Financials outperformed with Macquarie up 2 percent and Challenger leading gains by nearly 3 percent. AMP and Perpetual rose over 1 percent each.
Food manufacturer Goodman Fielder tumbled over 4 percent after downgrading fiscal-year earnings.