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Delta surge clouds hopes for Japan GDP recovery

Rebound seen as unlikely at least until year-end as vaccinations lag

The threat of the delta variant hung over the Tokyo Olympics and remains a risk to Japan's economic recovery. (Photo by Kento Awashima)

TOKYO -- Japan's tepid economic growth for April-June has dimmed hopes for a quick recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, with economists predicting similarly weak numbers for July-September as the spread of the contagious delta variant slows consumer spending.   

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