TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese government spokesman said on Monday there is no change in the government's view that the economy is continuing to recover gradually.
Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko also told a news conference the government will closely monitor private firms' capital spending, which is important for a virtuous economic cycle.
Data showed earlier in the day that Japan's economy shrank more than initially reported in the third quarter on declines in business investment, surprising markets and backing premier Shinzo Abe's recent decision to delay a second sales tax hike. [ID:nL3N0TM2GJ]
Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Chris Gallagher