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Japan’s Cabinet Office is out with its latest monthly economic assessment report, with the key headlines found below.

The Japanese economy is recovering at a moderate pace while weakness lasting longer mainly in exports.

Private consumption is picking up.

Business investment is on the increase at a moderate pace, while weakness is seen in machinery investment.

Exports are in a weak tone.

Industrial production is in a weak tone recently.

Corporate profits are in a weak tone, mainly among manufacturers, although they remain at a high level.

Firms’ judgments on current business conditions continue increasing cautiousness, mainly among manufacturers.

Employment situation is improving.

Consumer prices are rising at a slower tempo recently.