TOKYO, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Japan's core consumer prices fell 0.1 percent in the year to September, down for the fifth straight month, government data showed on Friday, in a sign the economy has a long way to go before achieving the Bank of Japan's inflation target of 1 percent.
The fall in the core consumer price index, which includes oil products but excludes volatile prices of fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood, compared with a 0.2 percent decline expected by economists, and followed a 0.3 percent fall the previous month.
The so-called core-core inflation index, which excludes food and energy prices and is similar to the core index used in the United States, fell 0.6 percent in September from a year earlier, following a 0.5 percent drop in the prior month, the data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications showed.
Core consumer prices in Tokyo, available a month before the nationwide data, fell 0.4 percent in October from a year earlier, against economists' median forecast for a 0.5 percent drop, and following a 0.4 percent drop in September.
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(Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Chris Gallagher)