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Exports boost Japan's recovery

Export growth is continuing to help Japan's economy to pick up.

GDP grew by 1.2% between January and March. On an annualised basis it grew by 4.9% - slightly less than analysts had predicted.

Finance Minister Naoto Kan said the figures reflected steady growth but warned that the country remained mired in deflation.

Roland Buerk reports from Tokyo.

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