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RPT-Japan Aug core CPI rises 0.5% yr/yr

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TOKYO, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Japan's core consumer prices rose 0.5% in August 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 0.5% annual gain.

Stripping away the effect of fresh food and energy, consumer prices rose 0.6% in August from a year ago.

For the full tables, go to the ministry's website at: http://www.stat.go.jp/english/data/cpi/index.htm (Reporting by Leika Kihara Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)