Economists project a slowing in Japan's economy in 2014 after robust gains this year due to consumer spending and public works, according to a Reuters poll. On the inflation front, they say it's more likely than not that consumer prices won't rise as much as the central bank target, although "it's possible for inflation to reach about 1%," said Masayuki Kichikawa, chief Japan economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Securities.

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