By and  on November 16, 2009

TOKYO — Japan’s third-quarter gross domestic product grew at a faster-than-expected rate, but longer-term concerns about the health of the economy and deflation persist.

Japan’s real GDP rose 1.2 percent in the July-to-September period from the prior quarter, the Cabinet Office said Monday. That figure reflects 4.8 percent growth on an annualized basis for the world’s second-largest economy. Stimulus measures, both in Japan and other countries, are considered responsible for much of the jump.

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