BOJ economist forecasts sustainable recovery

The Bank of Japan's top economist said the central bank is getting more confident that an economic recovery is sustainable because consumer spending is improving at a faster pace.

``A recovery in consumer spending will likely be sustainable, companies are taking more positive action and export growth will pick up momentum eventually,'' Hideo Hayakawa, who heads the bank's research and statistics department, said in an interview in Tokyo on July 29. ``We can say that Japan's economic recovery i