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FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past a luxury brand store at a shopping district amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo, Japan, May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon. TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s consumer confidence index rose slightly in May but stayed near a record low as the new coronavirus pandemic took a heavy toll on the economy, a Cabinet Office survey showed on Friday. The survey’s sentiment index for general households - which includes views on incomes and jobs - rose to 24.0 in May from April’s 21.6, which was a record low. A reading below 50 suggests pessimism. The government upgraded its view on the index, saying it “remains extremely” severe although there is sign of a halt in its decline. Full story

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