• Reuters


Japan’s longest run of economic expansion since the 1980s asset bubble may be entering a turning point, with data out on Friday suggesting consumption will fail to drive growth if trade frictions undermine exports.

Household spending shrank 0.9 percent in February from a year earlier — the biggest drop since a 1.4 percent fall in April last year — while inflation-adjusted real wages fell for a third straight month in February, undercutting consumer buying power.

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