Asian markets traded mostly traded higher Friday, after U.S. indexes ended higher and oil prices hit their highest levels for this year. But a stronger yen continued to weigh on Japan's shares.
Australia's S&P/ASX 200 finished up 0.29 percent, or 14.947 points, at 5,183.1, boosted by a 1.67 percent gain in its materials subindex and energy subindex which advanced 0.77 percent.
In China, the Shanghai Composite closed up 1.72 percent, or 50.102 points, at 2,954.934, and the Shenzhen Composite ended up 3.66 percent, or 64.78 points, at 1,837.21. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index finished up 0.82 percent, or 167.82 points, at 20,671.63.
In South Korea, the Kospi closed higher 0.21 percent, or 4.13 points, at 1,992.12.
Bucking the trend, Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 closed down 1.25 percent, or 211.57 points, at 16,724.81, extending its fall for a fourth straight session. The Index is down 1.26 percent for the week.
The dollar/yen pair was at 111.42 at 1:44 p.m. HK/SIN time after dipping as low as 110.80 earlier, remaining well below the 113 handle, where it was trading before the Federal Reserve policy announcement earlier this week. A stronger yen is generally a negative for Japanese stocks as it reduces the value of overseas profits when they're translated into the home currency.
Major Japanese exporters lost ground in Asian trade, with Toyota lower by 2.27 percent, Nissan down 1.76 percent and Honda shedding 1 percent. Japanese electronics giant Toshiba was resiliently up 4.28 percent despite the company's announcement that its U.S. units were under investigation over accounting-related matters, reported Reuters in early Asian trade.