Japanese economy grows slower than expected
13 August 2012 Last updated at 03:42 BST
Japan's economy grew at a slower-than-forecast pace in the second quarter amid slowing export growth and subdued domestic demand.
Official figures show that the world's third-largest economy grew by 0.3% in the three months to the end of June, from the previous quarter. Analysts had forecast a 0.6% growth.
Year-on-year, the economy expanded by 1.4%.
But Nicholas Smith from CLSA told the BBC's Asia Business Report that the picture is actually better than it looks.