RTTNews - The core consumer price index for Japan declined 0.1 percent in April compared to one year earlier, according to data released Friday by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

The decline was in line with the predictions of most economists.

It follows a 0.1 percent decline registered in March, the first contraction in CPI in 18 months.

Core CPI in the Tokyo region, considered a leading indicator for the national picture, was down a preliminary 0.7 percent for May.

The core indices exclude volatile food prices.

Japan's overall CPI for April was also down 0.1 percent on year.

Tokyo's overall CPI for May was down 0.2 percent on Month and down 0.8 percent on year.

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