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Japanese consumer prices rise

Japanese consumer prices rose by 0.6% in April, the first sign of inflation in the country for more than two years.

However as economist Martin Shulz told Asia Business Report, it was primarily caused by higher fuel imports following March's earthquake and tsunami.

Mr Shulz said deflation remained the underlying problem, and that this would still be hard to shift.

Japan's consumer prices have risen by 0.6% in April, from a year earlier, according to the statistics bureau.

It is the first sign of inflation in Japan in more than two years, as the country imports large amounts of fuel after twin natural disasters.

The rise in the core consumer price index, which excludes food prices, was largely in line with expectations.

Including food, consumer prices rose by 0.3% in April, compared with a year earlier.

Japan has been battling deflation, or falling prices, for more than a decade.