Japan Gains Ahead of U.S. Jobs Data

Shares in Asia-Pacific rose on Friday as several major regional markets were closed for a holiday and investors looked ahead to the release of U.S. jobs data for May.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 leaped 347.69 points, or 1.3%, to 27,761.57, as shares of Fast Retailing soared 5.9%.

The Japanese yen traded at 129.92 per U.S. dollar, weaker as compared with levels below 128 seen against the greenback earlier this week,

U.S. jobs data for May is set to be out late Friday morning in North America (8:30 a.m. EDT). Economists surveyed by Dow Jones see 328,000 jobs added in May, a 100,000 decline from April.

The Australian dollar was at $0.7252 after a recent jump from below $0.721.

In other markets

Markets in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taiwan were shuttered for holiday.

In Korea, the Kospi Index regained 11.66 points, or 0.4%, to 2,670.65

In Singapore, the Straits Times Index acquired 5.25 points, or 0.2%, to 3,231.97

In New Zealand, the NZX 50 recovered 67.8 points, or 0.6%, to 11,417.34.

In Australia, the ASX 200 added 62.82 points, or 0.9%, to 7,238.75.