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TOKYO (Reuters) - The coronavirus epidemic is expected to shave up to 0.2 percentage points off Japan’s economic growth this year as it hits exports, factory output and tourism, a Reuters poll of analysts showed on Friday. FILE PHOTO: A shopping district is pictured in Tokyo, Japan October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo. The virus outbreak, which originated in China, has killed more than 1,300 people, and caused huge disruptions in movements of goods and people. “If global supply chain disruptions and travel restrictions are prolonged, the impact will become bigger. But if things stabilize in about two months, the damage will be limited,” said Mari Iwashita, chief market economist at Daiwa Securities. Full story

14 February