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Japan economy holds steady as tax hike looms
In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 photo, people look around a clothing store in Tokyo. Japan's consumer price index rose 1.3 percent in January and factory production also climbed, suggesting the recovery in the world's third-largest economy is holding steady ahead of an April 1 tax hike. A raft of data released Friday suggest the economy may need still more help in weathering the 3 percent tax increase in April as many economists forecast a contraction will follow as consumers and businesses adjust to higher costs. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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