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Japanese consumers believe that improvements in their daily lives over the past year has been slower than that of overall economic activity in Japan, according to a survey released Friday by the Bank of Japan.

The diffusion index of consumer sentiment about overall economic activity — calculated by subtracting the percentage of respondents who see a worsening of the economy over the past year from the percentage of those who said the economy has improved — came to minus 20.6 in the September survey, an improvement of 9.2 points from the previous survey in March.

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