Asian Markets Finish Mixed

Asian shares ended the day mixed on Friday.

Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index added 0.6% to 30,500.05 while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong rebounded from losses earlier in the week, gaining 0.2% to 24,723.57.

In Japan, stocks have been trading near three-decade highs in anticipation of a change in leadership after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pulled out of the running for head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

Market heavyweight SoftBank Group advanced 1.8 percent, while semiconductor components manufacturer Lasertec climbed 2.2 percent and Tokyo Electron added 1.2 percent.

The Shanghai Composite index lost 0.3% to 3,595.24.

In other markets

The S&P/ASX 200 in Sydney declined 0.8% to 7,399.90.

The Kospi in Seoul edged 0.1% higher to 3,132.76.

New Zealand share rose sharply, as Fitch upwardly revised the country's GDP forecast for 2021. The benchmark NZX-50 Index jumped 155.04 points, or 1.2 percent, to finish at 13,234.55.