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FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2012 photo, cars for export park at a port in Kawasaki, west of Tokyo.  Japan's industrial production picked up pace in December from the month before, in a sign the world's third-largest economy may be stabilizing thanks to stronger global demand and government spending. Increased output of large passenger cars and vehicle components and machinery for making semiconductors were the main factors helping to drive the improvement in manufacturing, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. It said industrial output rose a seasonally adjusted 2.5 percent from November.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

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