FILE PHOTO: A waitress serves Japanese sake to customers during dinner at Japanese restaurant Kazu, on the first day after Japan lifted the state of emergency imposed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, October 1, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
February 8, 2022
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s service sector sentiment index fell in January for the first time in five months, a Cabinet Office survey showed on Tuesday, taking a hit from curbs to stem a record rise in coronavirus infections.
The survey of workers such as taxi drivers, hotel workers and restaurant staff, called “economy watchers” for their proximity to consumer and retail trends, showed their confidence about current economic conditions dropped 19.6 points to a five-month low of 37.9 in January.
(Reporting by Daniel Leussink; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)