Tokyo's Nikkei share average pulled ahead on futures buying after the dollar rose against the yen on the back of stronger-than-expected U.S. gross domestic product data, giving Japanese exporters a boost.
The Nikkei rose 0.9 percent to 21,574.51 at the midday break. For the week, the benchmark index has gained 0.7 percent and was poised for its third straight weekly gains.
Exporters took advantage of a weaker yen after the dollar rose 0.3 percent to 111.67 yen, the highest level since Dec. 20.
Source : Reuters