Asian equities were mixed on the last trading day of the week as traders are playing wait-and-see whether Greece will apply for an extension of its bailout program before the Friday deadline.
Trading volumes will likely be thin for a second day due to market closures in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia.
News that Greece applied for an extension of euro zone financial support a day ahead of its Friday deadline underpinned gains. The Greek government requested a six-month assistance package, rather than an extension of the bailout. However, the request was rejected by Germany and will be discussed at a Eurogroup meeting scheduled later on Friday.