Asia markets climb as Bank of Japan keeps monetary policy steady

Asia Pacific markets mostly traded higher on Friday as investors reacted to the monetary policy decision as well as an overnight vote from U.K. lawmakers that could potentially delay its exit from the .

In Japan, the retraced some of its gains but still rose 0.77 percent to 21,450.85 while the Topix index added 0.9 percent to 1,602.63. South Korea‘s was 0.95 percent higher at 2,176.11 and Hong Kong‘s climbed 0.82 percent.

Chinese mainland shares also traded higher: The was up 1.04 percent at 3,021.75 while the Shenzhen composite added 1.42 percent to 1,641.37.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Friday that Beijing will as it faces new pressures on growth. He was speaking with reporters after the closing ceremony at the annual National People‘s Congress.

Australia‘s was near flat at 6,175.20 as the heavily weighted financial subindex fell 0.23 percent.