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RPT-Japan May core CPI rises 0.8 pct year/year

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TOKYO, June 21 (Reuters) - Japan's core consumer prices rose 0.8 percent in May from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday.

The core consumer price index, which includes oil products but excludes fresh food prices, compared with economists' median estimate for a 0.8 percent annual gain.

Stripping away the effect of fresh food and energy, consumer prices rose 0.5 percent in May from a year ago. (Reporting by Leika Kihara)

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