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Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

What's the economic forecast for Japan?


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Atsushi Yatsuda
Stock analyst, 32
The Japanese economy is picking up. We used to have a lot of vacancies for rental spaces, which are filling up. When I talk to customers, I feel an exuberance.

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Michael Ho
Ballet teacher
Coming from England, Japan looks like it is thriving. It's a very wealthy country. Everyone seems to be out shopping, so they must have money.

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Andrew Shuttleworth
IT manager, 28
I've been feeling positive about the economy for the last year or so. Certainly from an IT and business perspective people are a lot more excited and positive.

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Aya Amataka
Salaryman, 28
Right now politics isn't really stable. Mr Koizumi and the Democrats don't seem strong. And a lot of people around me don't have jobs.

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Marcy Adamik
Embassy worker, 36
I'm positive about the Japanese economy recovering. Because the banks in Japan are strong, and some of the larger companies this year have shown a profit.

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Hiromi Ozaki
Student, 19
I think the economy is getting stronger. I don't think people should feel so pessimistic all the time, but in Japan it's common to think like that.



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