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Economy

Brisk exports a plus, but consumption key to full-blown recovery

TOKYO -- The Japanese economy is getting a boost from brisk exports, which are spurring production and pushing up corporate earnings. The economy could get on track to a sustained recovery if consumer spending also picks up.

     The government Monday released its economic report for March, with an upgrade to the assessment for the first time in eight months. "Production and exports are picking up," State Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy Akira Amari told a press conference.

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