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Land prices in Japan rose in 10 prefectures over the year to Jan. 1, the National Tax Agency said in an annual report released Wednesday. In the previous year of measurement, prices rose in eight prefectures.

But nationwide prices declined an average 0.4 percent from a year earlier, for a seventh straight fall. This was an improvement on the year before, when they fell 0.7 percent.

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