Business sentiment remains upbeat in Japan

The latest edition of the Bank of Japan's widely-followed Tankan business sentiment poll, published on 2 July, shows that businesses remain upbeat about the country's economic prospects.

The poll shows that the headline diffusion index for large manufacturing business held steady at 23 in June, the same as in June.

Large non-manufacturers' confidence also remained unchanged at 22, the same as the 15-year high in the December Tankan. Confidence among smaller manufacturers dipped to 6, two point

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