In South Korea, the Kospi tacked on 0.18 percent to end at 2,520.26. Automakers were in positive territory, with Hyundai Motor jumping 4.52 percent by the end of the session. Technology plays, however, were mostly lower. Index heavyweight Samsung Electronics erased early gains to decline 1.16 percent while rival SK Hynix fell 2.53 percent.
Down Under, the S&P/ASX 200 edged down 0.15 percent to finish the session at 6,005.8. Major mining and energy-related stocks were lower, with Rio Tinto losing 1.04 percent, BHP declining 0.29 percent and Santos falling 1.34 percent by the end of the day.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index clung to narrow gains at 3:25 p.m. HK/SIN, trading higher by just 0.02 percent, after notching its third consecutive record close in the last session. Property developers recorded gains, with Country Garden climbing 3.27 percent, while financials were mostly in negative territory.
Shares of Tencent, a heavily weighted constituent on the index, were higher by 0.54 percent ahead of the market close.
On the mainland, the Shanghai composite tacked on 0.41 percent to close at 3,489.11. The Shanghai index had traded at its highest levels in two years earlier in the session following the release of robust Chinese growth numbers on Thursday. The Shenzhen composite erased early gains to close lower by 0.14 percent at 1,921.33.