Asia Pacific markets mostly traded higher on Friday as investors reacted to the Bank of Japan's monetary policy decision as well as an overnight vote from U.K. lawmakers that could potentially delay its exit from the European Union.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 retraced some of its gains but still rose 0.77 percent to 21,450.85 while the Topix index added 0.9 percent to 1,602.63. South Korea's Kospi was 0.95 percent higher at 2,176.11 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index climbed 0.82 percent.
Chinese mainland shares also traded higher: The Shanghai composite was up 1.04 percent at 3,021.75 while the Shenzhen composite added 1.42 percent to 1,641.37.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Friday that Beijing will remain supportive of the Chinese economy as it faces new pressures on growth. He was speaking with reporters after the closing ceremony at the annual National People's Congress.
Australia's ASX 200 was near flat at 6,175.20 as the heavily weighted financial subindex fell 0.23 percent.