Bleak outlook persists for Japan

Japan - Japanese exporters continue to suffer as the global economy slows.

The Japanese government has restated its gloomy outlook for the country's economy, as figures revealed the country's all-important export trade has slumped.

The quarterly economic report, published by the Cabinet Office and prepared before this week's terrorist attack on New York and Washington, paints a bleak picture and warns that the global slowdown means more pain ahead.

"The economy continues to deteriorate," the r