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Economy

Japan's long road from revival to growth

Minamisanriku, one of the coastal towns hit hardest by the tsunami, is rebuilding on higher ground.

TOKYO -- As northeastern Japan continues rebuilding from the devastation of five years ago, the nation's economy remains stuck between deflationary malaise and robust growth.

      Change is afoot in some sectors. Higher electric bills lingered as one of the most visible reminders of the disaster for those spared the ravages of the tsunami. Now, with full deregulation looming in April, residential customers stand poised to see discounts.

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