Exporters led Friday's gains, with Canon adding 2.9 percent, Honda Motor up 3.1 percent and Panasonic climbing 5.3 percent.
Sony jumped 12.2 percent to a six-month high after it announced its U.S. subsidiary would sell its New York headquarters building for $1.1 billion, expanding its operating income by an expected $684 million.
Nikon put on 5.1 percent after U.S. chip maker Intel - with whom it is developing a new chip stepper - beat analysts' estimates with its capital spending forecast for 2013.
Hong Kong shares closed at their highest in 19-1/2 months, led by growth-sensitive counters after data showed China's economy rebounded in the fourth quarter.
The Hang Seng Index closed up 1.1 percent on the day and 1.5 percent on the week at 23,601.8, its highest since June 1, 2011. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong rose 2.1 percent on Friday and 2.2 percent this week.
Chinese automakers were among the top performers on the day. Baoxin Auto surged 8.2 percent after Goldman Sachs added the China auto maker to its conviction list, citing its highest luxury car sales volume mix.
Gains on Friday helped the Hang Seng cover the gap on the chart that opened between June 1 and 2, 2011, something it has struggled to do since the start of the year.
A raft of China data added to evidence of a burgeoning recovery in exports, stronger than expected industrial output and retail sales, together with robust fixed asset investment, all signaled that Beijing's pro-growth policy mix has gained sufficient traction to underpin a revival without yet igniting inflationary risks.