Japan 'to show strong growth'

JAPAN - Recoveries in exports and consumer spending will drive robust growth in Japan's economic output, leading researchers have predicted.

Seventeen private research firms surveyed by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper said they expected Japan's economy, which entered recession last year, to record 1.9% growth for the first three months of 2002.

This figure, which equates to annual growth of 7.9%, would represent the fastest growth in two years.

The survey supports more upbeat economic asse