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GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany, June 7 (Reuters) - Japan's economy is returning to a "growth orbit", a spokesman for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on the sidelines of a summit of Group of Seven (G7) leaders on Sunday.
The economy expanded at the fastest pace in a year in the first quarter, emerging from a tax hike-induced recession last year.
"The Japanese economy is returning to growth orbit," spokesman Yasuhisa Kawamura told reporters after the summit discussion of the world economy. (Reporting by Michelle Martin; Writing by Paul Carrel)