Japan's household spending jumps in April

Japan's household spending shot up in April compared to last year, marking the largest increase on record. But the gains were mostly driven by a recovery from a sharp drop due to the pandemic.

The Internal Affairs Ministry says households with two or more people spent an average of about 301,000 yen, or roughly 2,730 dollars in April.

That's up 13 percent from a year earlier when the first state of emergency was declared.

The figure is the biggest year-on-year increase since 2001 when data became available.

But compared to April 2019 before the pandemic hit, spending for the month was almost flat.

Accommodation and transportation expenses marked a significant drop compared to 2 years ago.