Japan's Topix extended its advance following remarks from White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow that negotiations over a trade deal with China were coming down to the final stages.
Electronics makers and service-sector companies propelled gains in the benchmark, rebounding from its biggest two-day decline in six weeks. The Nikkei 225 Stock Average also rose after fluctuating in early trading.
Topix +0.8% to 1,697.83 at the trading break in Tokyo.
Gauge -0.9% on Thursday, extending two-day drop to 1.5%.
Nikkei 225 +0.7% at 23,305.71 vs -0.1% earlier.
Yen -0.1% to 108.56 per dollar.
Electronics group: Sony +0.8%, Tokyo Electron +2.0%.
Service companies: Japan Post +4.3%, Recruit +1.2%.
Dentsu +6.5% as SMBC Nikko saw “signs of a bottom for profits” in the latest quarterly results.