The Bank of Japan is scheduled to release the minutes for the monetary policy committee on March 17 and 18 on Friday, headlining a light day for Asian economic news.

At the meeting, the bank left its key interest rate unchanged at 0.10 percent and decided to raise its monthly government bond purchases to facilitate smooth money market operations.

Japan also is set to release March numbers for M2 money supply and bank lending data. M2 is expected to add 2.2 percent on year following the 2.1 percent annual gain in February. Bank lending was up 3.5 percent on year in the previous month.

Thailand will provide foreign reserves data for the week ending April 3. Analysts are calling for an increase of 117.2 percent on year following the 116.4 percent annual gain in the previous week.

Finally, the regional markets in Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong are closed in observance of Good Friday. Singapore and Indonesia will re-open on Monday, while Hong Kong is off until Tuesday.

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