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UPDATE 1-Inflation in Japan's capital stays elevated as price pressures broaden

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* Tokyo core CPI up 1.9% yr/yr in May vs f'cast +2.0%

* Rise matches 7-year high hit in April due largely to fuel costs

* Analysts expect inflation to hover around BOJ's goal this year (Adds details, background)

By Leika Kihara and Kentaro Sugiyama

TOKYO, May 27 (Reuters) - Core consumer prices in Tokyo, considered a leading indicator of Japanese price trends, rose 1.9% in May from a year earlier, a pace that matched the previous month's seven-year peak in a sign recent fuel-driven inflationary pressures were broadening.

The increase in inflation, still driven mostly by rising raw material costs, suggests Japan will see price growth hover around the central bank's 2% target for much of this year.

The rise in the Tokyo core consumer price index (CPI), which excludes volatile fresh food but includes energy costs, was roughly in line with a median market forecast for a 2.0% gain.

The so-called core core CPI, which excludes volatile fresh food and energy cost, rose 0.9% in May from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday.

Japan's nationwide core consumer inflation in April exceeded the central bank's 2% target for the first time in seven years due largely to the boost from rising fuel and food import costs.

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has repeatedly said such cost-push inflation would be temporary and won't lead to the kind of sustained price growth that justifies withdrawing stimulus.

In fresh quarterly forecasts produced last month, the BOJ projects core consumer inflation to hit 1.9% in the current fiscal year before moderating to 1.1% in the 2023 and 2024 fiscal years.

(Reporting by Leika Kihara and Kentaro Sugiyama; Editing by Sam Holmes)