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[TOKYO] Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Friday that sentiment at some companies has turned cautious recently but on the whole firms remain confident about the economy's prospects.
Mr Aso, speaking at a news conference after a cabinet meeting, said leading indicators show capital expenditure is rising, which is a positive sign that things are going well for corporate Japan.
Confidence at big Japanese manufacturers worsened in the three months to March and is seen falling further ahead, a closely watched Bank of Japan survey showed on Friday.