Japan's core machinery orders jumped in August as Japanese manufacturers continue to recover from the earthquake and tsunami.
Core machinery orders rose 11% in August, their biggest gain in a year, latest government data showed.
The rise in orders comes despite concerns that a global economic slowdown coupled with a strong yen may hurt Japanese manufacturers.
The data is a key indicator of capital expenditure trends in Japan.
"The data confirms corporate capital spending remains firm and there is little worry about a near-term downturn, since industries such as auto making have steadily increased spending," said Junko Nishioka of RBS Securities in Tokyo.