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Japan econmin Motegi: Economy recovering moderately as a trend

TOKYO, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Wednesday there was no change to the government's view that the economy was recovering moderately as a trend.

While exports to Asia and the United States were firm, growth in domestic demand was flat as bad weather hurt sales at restaurants, Motegi told a news conference.

"Taken together, the recovery (in domestic demand) is continuing," he said after the release of third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) data. (Reporting by Leika Kihara, Tetsushi Kajimoto and Minami Funakoshi; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)