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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

Japan’s economy has shown resilience to recent external shocks but is nonetheless slowing, the IMF says in its latest annual economic review of the country. In its yearly Article IV consultation with Japan, the IMF says that the banking sector has withstood the worst of the global financial market wildfires that have swept across the globe in the past 12 months, and the economy has shown some resilience to surging commodity prices. Although consumer and business confidence declined, activity remained robust through the first quarter of 2008, aided by strong exports to emerging markets.