Japan's top government spokesperson says the government will do all it can to manage the country's economy while continuing to closely monitor developments at home and abroad.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga spoke to reporters on Monday, after figures released by the Cabinet Office showed Japan's economy grew at an annualized 2.1 percent in the January-to-March period.
He said weakness can be seen in parts of Japan's exports and production, but that fundamentals, which underpin domestic demand, are solid.
Suga referred to a dip in consumer spending. He said the negative trend won't affect the government's plan to raise the consumption tax in October.