Nikkei jumps 1.4%
A positive showing by industrial robot maker Fanuc helped Japan's Nikkei 225 index to close above the 19,000 mark, hitting its highest level since June 2000, on Friday. The index heavyweight soared 13.2 percent, on news that the company plans to step up talks with investors. Fast Retailing and Softbank rose 1.7 and 0.4 percent, respectively.
The weakening yen also buoyed most of the exporter stocks; Nissan Motor and Nintendo elevated 2.1 and 1.7 percent each, while Toshiba and Mitsubishi Electric notched up 0.6 and 0.8 percent, respectively.
"The Nikkei 225 can go up further in 2015, probably closer to the 20,000 level, and what's going to drive that that will be the low yen," Stephen Sheung, head of investment strategy at SHK Private, told CNBC Asia's "Squawk Box." "According to historical correlation, when the yen weakens significantly, exports will pick up in the months after so we should be seeing that in the coming months and that will help the exports and industrial sectors in Japan. Earnings in these markets will be drivers of the Japanese market."
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Shanghai Comp up 0.7%
China's Shanghai Composite finished at a 6-week high on the back of news that the world's second-biggest economy could allow local authorities to convert some debt into municipal or provincial bonds.
Among the most active stocks, Industrial Bank and China Everbright Bank elevated 3.3 and 0.2 percent each, while major lenders such as Bank of China surrendered early gains to close 0.5 percent lower. Shenzhen-listed Ping An Bank rose 2.7 percent after delivering a 30 percent annual bump up in 2014's profit.
Carmaker SAIC Motor inched up 0.1 percent after saying on Thursday it would join forces with e-commerce giant Alibaba Group to invest $160 million to develop Internet-connected cars.