The global economy has likely bottomed out but employment conditions are "dire" and stimulus is needed across Asia to spur domestic demand, Japan's prime minister said. "Prime Minister Hatoyama mentioned that at the moment the global economy is showing signs of recovery, mainly in Asia," Foreign Ministry spokesman Kazuo Kodama quoted Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama as telling Asian leaders gathered for a summit meeting in the Thai resort town of Hua Hin.
"The economic conditions of the global economy seem to have bottomed out, yet there is no room for complacency because the employment situation is still getting worse and in dire condition," he added.
He said Hatoyama shared a view expressed at the meeting by Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda that Asian economies need to stimulate domestic demand along with regional demand to become less dependant on the US market.
"Rebalancing of the sources of growth in Asia is a very important challenge," he said, quoting Hatoyama.