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Japan January industrial output falls 0.8 percent month/month - government

Steam is emitted from factories at sunset in Keihin industrial zone in Kawasaki, Japan February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's industrial output unexpectedly fell 0.8 percent in January, posting the first decline in six months, government data showed on Tuesday.

The month-on-month fall compared with a median market forecast of a 0.3 percent rise and a revised 0.7 percent gain in December, data by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) showed.

Manufacturers surveyed by the ministry expect output to rise 3.5 percent in February but fall 5.0 percent in March, it showed.

(Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)