Asian markets were mostly higher Friday as markets awaited key U.S. jobs data, which will offer a key indicator of whether the Federal Reserve will pull the trigger in June.
The Japanese yen was also on investors' radar after the dollar-yen fell below 109 Thursday. Despite the stronger yen, the Nikkei 225 closed up 0.48 percent, or 79.68 points at 16,642.23, breaking its two-day losing streak. The dollar-yen currency pair was trading at 108.75 at 2:27 p.m. HK/SIN time.
Shares of the heavily-weighed Fast Retailing surged up 6.88 percent, after its apparel retail chain Uniqlo reported that within Japan, sales in May grew 5.9 percent from a year ago.
As of April, Fast Retailing had an 8.13 percent weighting in the Nikkei 225 index.
Down Under, the ASX 200 finished its session up 0.76 percent, or 40.1 points at 5,318.9, with its materials subindex up 1.15 percent and its financials subindex 0.7 percent higher. In South Korea, the Kospi was closed effectively flat at 1,985.84. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index gained 0.35 percent at 3:06 p.m. HK/SIN time.
Mainland Chinese markets erased early gains after the private Caixin Markit services purchasing managers' index (PMI) for May fell to 51.2 from 51.8 in April. Readings above 50 indicate an expansion on a monthly basis. The survey showed that new business and hiring in China's private sector slowed to a three-month low.
Japan also released April price-adjusted real wages which showed signs of wage increases slowing. Wage growth is key to Japan's government's efforts to drive private consumption and raise inflation.
A Markit/Nikkei survey of Japan's services sector showed that activity expanded in May, coming in at 50.3, compared with 49.3 in April on a seasonally adjusted basis, Reuters reported.