Japan's leading index preliminary reading rose to 102.8 during March and the reading is better than theprevious 98.5, which wasrevised to 98.4, while it came inline with analysts' expectations.

Japan's coincident index preliminary reading inclined to 101.1 in March, compared with aprior 100.5 in February that was revisedto 100, while the analysts' forecasts referred to 101.6.