Firms are a bit concerned about things like oil prices and US growth but actually the change (in firms' expectations) is quite small so I think broadly they're looking for more of the same.
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Japan probably is the biggest victim of deflation in Asia.
It's not the busiest area in the whole of town, but we always have a lot of people in here so do a good trade.
Koizumi really hasn't talked much about anything else except postal reforms.
Since (Koizumi) defined party membership exclusively in terms of members' views on postal privatization, this does not necessarily imply that the party agrees on much else.
We know that the postal privatization bills will now pass fairly quickly. He has this huge majority which almost gives him dictatorial power but how he wants to use it is still pretty unclear.
It's definitely positive news and suggests that the expansion is continuing, and if anything things might pick up a bit more in the second half of this year.
We don't have a recession with these figures.
The overall trend is still that the recovery is weak. I wouldn't say that this is a turnaround yet.