Did The Japanese Economic Comeback Just Start?

Japan’s stock market has been on a tear since last fall thanks to a new government and a commitment to more aggressive fiscal and monetary easing.

But the verdict is still out on the economy.

However there are signs of things humming to life.

Tonight Japanese manufacturing PMI for April came out, and the reading (via Markit) was the best in 13 months.

MarkitAnd that’s not all.

Retail spending (which has been notoriously weak for ages in Japan) just came in with a surprisingly strong number.

And unemployment is dropping/beating expectations.

Three good datapoints related to labour, manufacturing, and spending. That’s a trend.

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