Markets in Asia retreated further on Friday, with Japanese stocks coming under pressure from fresh strength in the yen against the dollar.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 wavered between gains and losses before closing down 234.13 points, or 1.41 percent, at 16,412.21. For the week, the index eked out a gain of 1.89 percent. Across the Korean Strait, the Kospi ended down 10.50 points, or 0.53 percent, at 1,966.99. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index was off 1.53 percent in the afternoon.
Chinese mainland markets ended lower, with the Shanghai composite closing down 8.48 points, or 0.3 percent, at 2,827.37, while the Shenzhen composite was off by 5.69 points, or 0.31 percent, to 1,784.32.
Down Under, Australia's benchmark ASX 200 closed down 30.30 points, or 0.57 percent, at 5,329, as resources stocks came under pressure.
In Malaysia, the Kuala Lumpur composite index was down 1.36 percent in afternoon trade.
Data released on Friday showed Malaysia's first quarter 2016 gross domestic product grew 4.2 percent on-year, with increase in public and private consumption offsetting sluggish external demand. However, the pace slowed compared with the 4.5 percent growth registered in the fourth quarter of 2015.
"We do not see the resilience in private consumption to be sustainable due to slower wage growth and weak sentiment," said ANZ analysts Weiwen Ng and Glenn Maguire. "Malaysia's near term domestic and external demand profiles are likely to remain weak amid fiscal tightening and tighter credit conditions."