Japanese workers' sentiment up for 3rd straight month

A new survey shows that sentiment among workers in Japan across a range of industries rose for a third straight month in May. Government officials say the decline in the number of coronavirus cases was a key factor.

The Economy Watchers Survey shows the index for the current state of the economy stood at 54, up 3.6 points from April.

The poll covered more than 2,000 workers, including shop clerks and taxi drivers. They were asked to compare economic conditions with those three months earlier.

A taxi driver in central Japan says more events are now taking place and demand is recovering, especially at night.

The index for the outlook two to three months ahead also improved. It stood at 52.5, up 2.2 points from the previous month.