Consumer confidence in Japan rose to its highest level in over seven years during the second quarter, a survey by market research firm Nielsen showed on Tuesday, as the country undergoes an economic revival led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Japan's consumer confidence index rose five points to 78, its highest reading since the first quarter of 2006, according to Nielsen's quarterly survey of consumer confidence and spending intentions.
However, that figure still trails behind the global average of 94. Index levels above and below a baseline of 100 indicate degrees of optimism and pessimism.
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The perception of Japan's job market has shown steady improvement, the survey showed, with 30 percent of consumers positive on their employment prospects, up from just 4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012.
This is in line with anecdotal evidence of a rise in summer bonuses. A recent survey by Nippon Life Insurance showed that nearly 40 percent of employees got a bigger bonus this year than in 2012, local media reported.
Among the top concerns for Japanese consumers were increasing utility bills, rising food prices and health.
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