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Investing.com - The U.S. dollar is trading slightly lower against the Japanese yen Friday in Asia as both currencies are seen reacting to a deluge of data points over the past 24 hours.

In Asian trading Friday, USD/JPY fell 0.01% to 94.16. The pair was likely to find support at 93.85, Tuesday's low and resistance at 95.73, the high of March 19.

Earlier today, Japan's Statistics Bureau said that Japanese household spending fell to a seasonally adjusted 0.8% in February from 2.4% in January. Analysts had expected Japanese household spending to fall to 0.2% last month.

The Statistics Bureau also said Japan's unemployment rose slightly last month to 4.3% from 4.2%. Analysts expected the number to be unchanged. Japan's national core CPI fell to a seasonally adjusted -0.3% in February from -0.2% in January, according to the Statistics Bureau. Analysts expected the core CPI to fall to -0.4% last month.

Tokyo's core CPI rose to -0.5% in February from -0.6% in the prior month, topping the expectation that the number would remain unchanged, according to the Statistics Bureau.

Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said that industrial production fell to a seasonally adjusted -0.1% in February from 0.3% in January. Analysts expected a February reading of 2.6%.

Those data points came on the heels of a few out of the U.S. on Thursday. In U.S. economic news, the Commerce Department revised its estimate of U.S. fourth-quarter GDP growth to 0.4% from 0.1%. Thursday's number was the third of three estimates for the final quarter of 2012. The Labor Department said initial claims for jobless benefits rose by 16,000 to 357,000 last week.

The March reading of the Chicago purchasing managers index fell 4.4% to 52.4%, well below the reading of 56.4% economists expected. Readings above 50% indicate expansion.

Meanwhile, EUR/JPY rose 0.02% to 120.70. The pair sought to test support at 119.75, the earlier low, and resistance at 121.87, Wednesday's high.

AUD/JPY is down 0.03% at 98.01.

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