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Japan March core CPI rises 0.2 pct yr/yr

(Repeats to attach to additional alerts) TOKYO, April 28 (Reuters) - Japan's core consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in March from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday.

The core consumer price index, which includes oil products but excludes fresh food prices, compared with economists' median estimate for a 0.3 percent annual gain.

Stripping away the effect of fresh food and energy, consumer prices fell 0.1 percent in March from a year ago.

Core consumer prices in Tokyo, available a month before the nationwide data, fell 0.1 percent in April from a year earlier, versus a 0.2 percent annual fall seen by analysts in a Reuters poll.

(Reporting by Minami Funakoshi)