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Economy

Japan's record expansion produces no consumption boom

Recovery buoyed by a weak yen and public spending

Shoppers and tourists seen in Tokyo's Marunouchi business district on a weekend. (Photo by Koji Uema)

TOKYO -- Japan's economic recovery has stretched to a record 74 months, yet consumers have remained reluctant to spend over the past six years, squeezed by a rebound as mild as it has been long.

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