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Japan upgrades economic view for first time in 17 months

December report more optimistic as falling COVID-19 cases kindle optimism

Tokyo's Ameyoko shopping district. Private consumption and the services sector have benefitted from the easing of coronavirus restrictions.    © Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) -- Japan raised its overall economic assessment for the first time in 17 months in December as consumers and companies turned more optimistic about the outlook on falling COVID-19 cases at home.

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