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Japan’s economy continues to sputter and is expected to have shrunk for the fifth quarter in two years as Prime Minister Fumio Kishida puts the finishing touches on a stimulus package aimed at shoring up the recovery.

Economists estimate gross domestic product contracted an annualized 0.7% in the three months to September, dragged down by private consumption as the country battled a resurgence in COVID-19 infections and global supply-chain constraints that hit production at automakers like Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co.

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