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Japan’s core private-sector machinery orders fell 12.0 percent in April from the previous month to the lowest level in nearly six years, government data showed Wednesday, as the nationwide coronavirus-linked state of emergency wreaked havoc on corporate activity.

The orders, which exclude those for ships and from electricity utilities due to their volatility, totaled ¥752.59 billion ($7 billion), the least since they stood at ¥720.84 billion in May 2014, according to the Cabinet Office.

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