Asian stocks rose on the last trading day of April as investors concentrated on central bank policy decisions in Japan and the U.S.
As widely expected, the Bank of Japan left monetary policy steady by a unanimous vote in its first meeting since the consumption tax hike on April 1. Attention now turns to the central bank's semi-annual report, which is due at 3pm local time.
Later in the day, the U.S. Federal Reserve will end its two-day meeting in Washington, where policy makers are expected to announce a fourth cut in monthly bond purchases.
For the month of April, Australia's S&P ASX 200 was the region's top performer with gains of 2.3 percent while Japan's Nikkei underperformed with losses of 2.7 percent. South Korea's Kospi fell 1 percent while the Shanghai Composite eased 0.7 percent.