Japan finance minister sees economy in moderate recovery

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday there was no change to the view that the economy remains in moderate recovery, despite rising pressure from a global slowdown.

“It’s true that manufacturers are mainly being affected by global slowdown,” Aso told reporters a cabinet meeting. “But fundamentals that support domestic demand remains solid.”

Aso also said he did not expect a repeat of deep declines in demand as happened during the previous sales tax hike in 2014.

(Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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