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Japan's industrial production expands on Chinese demand

Robot exports climb, but rising inventories pose risk

Automobiles await export at a port in Yokohama.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's manufacturing sector is chugging along, underpinned by strong demand from China for such products as robots and smartphone components.

The seasonally adjusted industrial production index for November crept up 0.6% from the previous month to 103.6, according to preliminary data released Friday by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

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