Asian shares largely rose on Friday, supported by a stronger close on Wall Street overnight, with Japanese and South Korean markets scaling fresh highs.
Investors were also awaiting the U.S. nonfarm payrolls due later in the day; analysts expect about 240,000 nonfarm payrolls, below last month's 257,000.
Overnight, U.S. stocks broke a two-day losing streak to finish higher amid details of quantitative easing in the euro zone. The blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 0.2 percent, while the S&P 500 inched up 0.1 percent. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite finished 0.3 percent higher.
Meanwhile, Indian markets are closed for public holiday.