New confirmation from the European Central Bank and the Bank of England that easier monetary policies will be extended helped lift Asian shares on Friday. The Nikkei jumped 2.08% to 14,309.97 as the yen declined further against the U.S. dollar, the Hang Seng rose 1.89% to 20,854.67 and the S&P/ASX added 0.98% to 4,841.70 while the Kospi slipped 0.32% to 1,833.31.

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