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Japan service sector sentiment worsens in April - government

Japan service sector sentiment worsens in April - government

FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask walks past a restaurant which is closed after 8 PM, on the first day of the country's third state of emergency, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, April 25, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO: Japan's service sector sentiment index fell to 39.1 in April, down for the first time in three months, a Cabinet Office survey showed on Thursday, amid uncertainty over the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 fell from 49.0 seen in March.

(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Writing by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)

Source: Reuters

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