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RPT-Japan Feb core CPI rises 0.6 pct yr/yr

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TOKYO, March 19 (Reuters) - Japan's core consumer prices rose 0.6 percent in February from a year earlier, government data showed on Thursday.

The core consumer price index, which includes oil products but excludes fresh food prices, compared with economists' median estimate for a 0.6 percent annual gain.

Stripping away the effect of fresh food and energy, consumer prices rose 0.6 percent in February from a year ago. (Reporting by Kaori Kaneko)