TOKYO, April 17 (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan on Thursday maintained its economic assessment for eight of Japan’s nine regional economies in a quarterly report, saying the economy has continued to recover or has been recovering moderately as a trend.
The central bank raised its assessment on just one region. The report, issued at a meeting of its regional branch managers, was the first since Japan raised the sales tax to 8 percent from 5 percent this month.
In the previous report in January, the BOJ said all regions reported their economies were recovering or recovering moderately on firm domestic demand, a moderate increase in production, and improvements in employment and income conditions. (Reporting by Leika Kihara; Editing by Dominic Lau and Chang-Ran Kim)