China stocks higher
Share markets in China joined the rally, with the key Shanghai Composite index widening gains to close up 1.3 percent in late-day trading.
The CSI300 Index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose by a similar margin. Small-caps continued to outperform, with Shenzhen's Nasdaq-style ChiNext board up 3.5 percent.
In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng index leaped 1.4 percent.
Property counters are in focus after latest data indicated a recovery in the all-important housing market. China's average new home prices rose 0.3 percent on-month in September, according to Reuters calculations from official data, chalking its fifth straight month of gains.
On a year-on-year basis, home prices fell 0.9 percent in September, versus a 2.3 percent slide in August.
Shanghai-listed Poly Real Estate bounced up 5.8 percent, while Shanghai Shimao and Gemdale rallied 3.3 and 2 percent respectively. Real estate giant China Vanke advanced 3 and 2.9 percent in Hong Kong and Shanghai respectively.
Shanghai-listed shares of Air China and China Southern Airline tumbled in both Shanghai and Hong Kong after dismissing a report by the Shanghai Securities News of a possible merger between the two carriers.
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Kospi gains 0.9%
South Korea's Kospi index headed south on the back of a double booster.
Apart from an upbeat offshore lead, advance estimates released before the market open showed the economy expanded 1.2 percent in the third quarter, topping market expectations for a 1 percent rise. The figures also marked South Korea's fastest growth in more than five years.
On a year-on-year basis, Asia's fourth-largest economy grew 2.6 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, compared with a median forecast of 2.5 percent gain.
Corporate earnings continue to hog the spotlight; SK Innovation rallied 8.8 percent, thanks to a whooping 644 percent on-year jump in third-quarter operating profit.
Kia Motors gave up early gains to close down 1.8 percent after announcing a 16.3 percent on-year drop in third-quarter net profit. LG Display slumped 6.2 percent, hurt by a 30 percent slide in third-quarter profit.
ASX leaps 1.7%
Australia's benchmark S&P ASX 200 index settled at a two-month peak, chalking up its biggest one-day percentage gain since October 5.
Westpac and Commonwealth Bank of Australia closed up 1.7 and 1.3 percent respectively. National Australia Bank powered up 1.9 percent after announcing that it is raising its variable mortgage rate by 17 basis points from November 12. Australia and New Zealand Banking which announced near midday that it is following suit, finished 1.1 percent higher.
Santos added 2.2 percent to Thursday's 16 percent surge, which was sparked by the oil and gas producer's decision to reject a takeover proposal from U.S.-based fund manager Scepter. Market bellwether BHP Billiton moved up 2 percent.
Beach Energy and Drillsearch Energy shares rose following a merger agreement. The former pared early losses to rebound 3 percent, while the latter piled on 26 percent.
New Zealand shares notched up 0.8 percent to record highs.
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KLCI adds 0.34%
Malaysia's FTSE Bursa KLCI closed 0.34 percent higher after the country's government announced its 2016 budget, highlighting how it plans to narrow its deficit.
On the domestic data front, consumer prices rose 2.6 percent from a year earlier in September, government statistics showed, missing market expectations for a 3.0 percent gain and a 3.1 percent reading in August.
Meanwhile, markets in Thailand are closed for the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Day.