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Japan Jan service sector sentiment worsens – govt – Metro US

Japan Jan service sector sentiment worsens – govt

First day after COVID-19 emergency lifted in Japan
First day after COVID-19 emergency lifted in Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s service sector sentiment index fell in January for the first time in five months, a Cabinet Office survey showed on Tuesday, taking a hit from curbs to stem a record rise in coronavirus infections.

The survey of workers such as taxi drivers, hotel workers and restaurant staff, called “economy watchers” for their proximity to consumer and retail trends, showed their confidence about current economic conditions dropped 19.6 points to a five-month low of 37.9 in January.

(Reporting by Daniel Leussink; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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