Staff writer

Economists gave mixed reviews to the government's 18 trillion yen economic stimulus package announced Thursday, with some hailing it as a step in the right direction and others decrying it for not going far enough.

Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi unveiled the package, which features 6.8 trillion yen for facilitating social infrastructure, 7.4 trillion yen for easing the credit crunch and 2 trillion yen for spurring housing investment.