INDUSTRIOUS: Japan's industrial output rose 1.5 percent in September from the previous month, as stronger production of vehicles and electronic components added to signs that the recovery in the world's third-largest economy is gaining traction.

INDUSTRIOUS: Japan's industrial output rose 1.5 percent in September from the previous month, as stronger production of vehicles and electronic components added to signs that the recovery in the world's third-largest economy is gaining traction.

LICENSED TO TAX: The economy grew 3.8 percent in the April to June period, reinforcing confidence in a rebound in growth. It could also pave the way for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to approve a sales tax hike next April.

GOOD JOB: The unemployment rate fell slightly in September, to 4.0 percent from 4.1 percent the month before. However the ratio of jobs available to job seekers remained flat at 95 per 100 job seekers.