Japanese industrial output for February is due Monday morning before Tokyo's market open. Manufacturers polled by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) expect a 0.2 percent monthly gain, which would mark the third straight month of expansion but also a significant slowdown compared to January's revised 3.7 percent increase.
The report follows Friday's mixed bag of economic data, which showed consumer price inflation easing for the seventh straight month.
"It's very clear that the Japanese recovery is struggling. We've seen the weak yen helping to some degree, but there are still structural issues to be dealt with. We still see further easing from the Bank of Japan (BOJ) next year," Dominic Bunning, FX strategist at HSBC, told CNBC on Friday.
The BOJ's closely-watched Tankan business sentiment survey will be released Wednesday and confidence among large manufacturers is expected to hit a one-year high, according to a Reuters poll of economists.
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