Japan's economic recovery remained intact at the end of 2009. BBC reports:
Japan's economy grew by a better-than-expected 1.1% in the final quarter of last year, according to official figures...
Consumer spending, which accounts for about 60% of the Japanese economy, rose 0.7% from the previous quarter as shoppers took advantage of government incentives on cars and home appliances. However, consumer spending remains weak in general.
Corporate capital spending rose by 1% in the quarter, seeing the first expansion since the three months to March 2008.
Public investment fell 1.6%, while exports jumped 5%.