By Daniel Hunter

The latest Japanese government figures reveal that the country's economy expanded at a slower pace than most analysts expected in the second quarter.

Gross domestic product grew 0.6% in the April to June period, indicating an annualised increase of 2.6%.

That is down from the 4.1% annual rate in the first three months of the year. Analysts were expecting growth of 3.6%.

Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has been trying to revive the economy after years of stagnation.

His policies, known as Abenomics, include boosting the supply of money in the economy and raising government spending.

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