BoJ report sees continued moderate expansion

The Bank of Japan said in a quarterly report published Thursday 19 April that Japan's regional economies are showing signs of continued moderate expansion.

"The economy as a whole expanded moderately as all regions remained on an expansion or recovery trend, although there were regional differences," the bank said in the report.

The bank downgraded its assessment of the labour market in the northernmost Hokkaido region "slightly," by saying: "The employment situation remains flat. Household income

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