Asian stock markets were largely higher on Friday as investors continued to hope the US Federal Reserve would delay its decision to raise its rates.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei index closed up 1.08% at 18,291.80 points.
A weaker yen against the dollar also helped to lift Japan’s market.
The dollar was buying 119.12 yen in Tokyo trade, up from 118.88 in New York. A weaker yen gives a boost to Japan’s big manufacturers as it makes their products cheaper to buy overseas.
Elsewhere in Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index closed 0.8% higher at 23,067.37, while on the Chinese mainland the Shanghai Composite rose 1.6% to 3,391.35.