Manufacturers plan to boost spending 5.5 per cent this financial year, suggesting the positive mood is prompting firms to expand. Photo: EPA

Yen weakness brings cheer to big firms

Japanese manufacturers’ sentiment turned positive in the three months to June for the first time in nearly two years, a closely-watched central bank survey showed, a sign the recent market turbulence has yet to hurt the feel-good mood created by the government’s reflationary policies.