Core consumer prices in Japan were up 0.2 percent on year on April, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday - beating forecasts for a gain of 0.1 percent and unchanged from the previous month.
Overall inflation was up 0.4 percent - in line with expectations and easing from 0.5 percent in March.
On a monthly basis, core CPI was up 0.2 percent and overall inflation added 0.1 percent.
Tokyo inflation - considered a leading indicator for the nationwide trend, was down 0.5 percent on year in May - missing forecasts for -0.3 percent, which would have been unchanged from the April reading.
Core CPI in Tokyo plummeted 0.8 percent, well shy of forecasts for -0.5 percent, which also would have been unchanged from a month prior.
by RTT Staff Writer
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