April 1, 2010
Posted: 1234 GMT
Pessimism among companies in the world's second-biggest economy has declined during the first three months of this year, a survey by Japan's central bank showed.
Japan's economic outlook is on the rise.
The main index of Japan's large manufacturers was at minus 14, according to the Bank of Japan's tankan survey. That compares to minus 25 last December.
The country's business mood improved for the fourth straight quarter, according to the report. The tankan is a measure used by the Bank of Japan to help guide the nation's monetary policy.
Potential for economic growth helped investors globally get markets off to a positive start.
The FTSE All-World index rose 0.5 percent - just shy of a 18-month high.
Attention will now turn to the U.S., which releases it's next set of jobs data tomorrow.
We'd like to know what you think.
Do you think the second quarter will signal better economic times? Have you noticed an improvement in your economic outlook?