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Japan falls back into economic recession

Passersby are reflected on a screen displaying stock quotation, the stock market indices. Credit: Reuters

Japan's economony is back into recession, after it shrank 0.8% overall in the third quarter.

Initial data suggests that the world's third-largest economy has contracted for a second consecutive quarter, marking a technical recession.

Growth in the country was expected to decline after it fell a revised 0.7% in the second quarter on weak demand domestically.

Japan has been in recession four times since the global financial crisis.

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Bennett and his team-mates will begin their own campaign on Wednesday trying to prevent Japan from proving they are not one-win wonders.

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