A worker assembles a vehicle on the production line of an automobile manufacturing plant in Ota, Gunma, Japan. (Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg)

Japan’s Buoyant Growth Figures Mask Weaknesses in Economy

(Bloomberg) -- Japan’s faster-than-expected growth in the first quarter offers Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government a figure that backs its view of an economy holding up well for a tax increase w...