Asian equity markets were mixed on Friday, following an uninspiring lead from Wall Street, and as a stronger local currency led Japanese stocks to pull back from 15-year intra-day highs.
At the same time, the New York company said it was going to separate the profitable 714-unit college bookstore business into a separate publicly traded company.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe 's latest plan to shake up Japan is an ambitious goal to increase the number of women in the workforce and rectify the labor market's long-standing gender imbalance.
Crude-oil futures rose in Asian trade Friday ahead U.S. rig-count data due later in the trading day, and Chinese official manufacturing numbers expected over the weekend.
Dozens of black-clad protesters clashed with riot police in central Athens on Thursday, smashing shop windows, throwing petrol bombs and burning cars after an anti-government march, the first since the leftist Syriza party took power a month ago.