Asia's major markets closed higher on the final day of a volatile week amid easing concerns that the U.K. would vote to exit the European Union in its June 23 referendum.
Investor sentiment in Asia also received a boost after U.S. stocks ended a five-day losing streak to close higher Thursday.
Japanese shares received a boost from a relatively weaker yen, as the benchmark Nikkei 225 closed up 165.52 points, or 1.07 percent, at 15,599.66; for the week, the index lost 6.03 percent.
The yen had previously strengthened against the dollar, after the Bank of Japan (BOJ) kept monetary policy steady on Thursday in line with expectations.
Australia's ASX 200 added 16.71 points, or 0.32 percent, to 5,162.70, boosted by a 0.72 percent advance in the financials sub-index, which accounts for nearly half of the broader index. For the week, the Aussie benchmark index lost 2.82 percent.
Chinese mainland shares closed higher, with the benchmark Shanghai composite up 12.22 points, or 0.43 percent, at 2,885.04, and the Shenzhen composite added 15.29 points, or 0.81 percent, to 1,900.73.
Much of the global economic uncertainty weighing on markets this week was due to the crucial June 23 referendum in the U.K., where Britons will vote to decide to either leave or remain within the European Union. Several surveys released recently have shown public opinion was closely divided, with the Brexit campaign gaining momentum.
Campaigning for the referendum, however, was halted Thursday, after a pro-EU British lawmaker, Jo Cox, was shot to death while meeting with constituents. Police said they arrested a 52-year-old man in the attack on Cox, but did not know of a motive for the killing.
"It is a tragic event. I have to say it may change the psychology of the campaign. And those who are pro-EU might benefit from this tragic event," Fariborz Moshirian, director of the Institute of Global Finance at the UNSW Business School, told CNBC's "Rundown" on Friday.
"The global economy is highly interdependent and for that reason the world is moving towards more unity and diversity rather than isolation from an integrated bloc such as the European Union," he said. "For that reason, I think it is possible to see a very close race and I wouldn't be surprised if the outcome were to be different from what the current opinion polls are showing."
The British pound traded at $1.4246 as of 2:57 p.m. HK/SIN on Friday, climbing after the news from levels as low as $1.40 on Thursday.