The economy is still on track for a moderate recovery from the March 2011 disasters but faces a threat from slowing growth in China, the government said Monday.
The Japanese economy "is on the way to recovery at a moderate pace due partly to reconstruction demand, although difficulties continue to prevail," the Cabinet Office said in its monthly report, using the same expression for a third consecutive month.
Industrial output "is still picking up slowly," exports "show signs of picking up," and private consumption is "increasing at a moderate pace," it said, retaining the same evaluations for all key components.
The report pointed to continued improvement in employment while underscoring that conditions remain severe because of the disasters.
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)