A lower yen and generally favorable economic news from the U.S. and Europe lifted shares across Asia on Friday. The Nikkei surged 2.21% to 13,660.55, the Kospi rose 1.14% to 1,870.16 and the S&P/ASX added 0.94% to 5,123.40 while the Hang Seng edged down 0.15% to 21,863.51.

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