March 23, 2020 / 10:15 PM / 11 days ago

Japan government to offer bleakest economic assessment in nearly seven years: Nikkei

FILE PHOTO: Containers are pictured at an industrial port in Tokyo, Japan, May 22, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo GLOBAL BUSINESS WEEK AHEAD

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s government is expected to offer its bleakest economic assessment in nearly seven years in March as the coronavirus outbreak cools private consumption and business sentiment, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Tuesday.

In its monthly report for March, the government will drop language describing the economy as “recovering” for the first time in six years and nine months, the paper said, without citing sources.

Sources have told Reuters the government is expected to cut its assessment of the economy in March, though officials were divided on whether to remove the language “recovering” in the assessment. [nL4N2B52EE]

Reporting by Leika Kihara; Editing by Sandra Maler

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