Japan’s economy shrank a real 0.8 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Friday, underscoring the challenges ahead for Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi as he juggles structural reform and the weakening economy.

The quarter-on-quarter decline, measured in terms of gross domestic product, was the first fall in three quarters and translates into an annualized contraction of 3.2 percent, the Cabinet Office said.

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