BOJ 'tankan' to show Japan sentiment bottoming out

JAPAN - The Bank of Japan's closely watched 'tankan' survey is set to record its first improvement in 18 months, economists say, suggesting the long-suffering economy may be bottoming out on hopes for an export-led rebound.

Brighter sentiment should reduce pressure on the BOJ to ease its already super-loose monetary policy, but economists added that conditions in the world's second-largest economy remain bleak thanks to rising bankruptcies and a mountain of debt. The Reuters poll of 22 economi