JPY trades flat in thin Good Friday trad

The Japanese yen held flat on Friday in Asia in thin holiday trade that will carry over into Europe and the states with many trading centers closed as well.

USD/JPY traded at 102.43.

The Good Friday session sees markets in Japan, mainland China, Hong Kong and South Korea open.

In China, the National Bureau of Statistics is due to release property prices
for China's 70 biggest cities for March at 0930 local (0130 GMT).

Overnight, upbeat U.S. regional factory and jobless claims reports erased the dollar's losses against most major currencies, though Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's dovish speech delivered on Wednesday still weighed on the currency.

The dollar narrowed earlier losses stemming from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's dovish speech on Wednesday and rose on cheery U.S. data.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia reported earlier that its manufacturing index rose to 16.6 in April, the highest level since September, from 9.0 in March. Analysts had expected the index to tick up to 10.

Separately, the Labor Department reported that the number of individuals filing for initial jobless benefits in the week ending April 12 rose by 2,000 to 304,000, better than analysts' forecasts for a rise to 315,000.

The US Dollar Index, which tracks the performance of the greenback versus a basket of six other major currencies, was down 0.01% at 79.93.