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Japan economy shrinks, fueling push for weak yen

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TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy shrank in the last three months of 2012, its third straight quarter of contraction, giving the government ammunition to defend its "weak yen" strategy as necessary to getting growth back on track. The 0.4 percent contraction in annualized terms in October-December was worse than expected. Many analysts had forecast the economy would emerge from recession in the...