Japan PM: GDP figures severe, will respond with sense of urgency

TOKYO Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:23pm EST

TOKYO Nov 12 (Reuters) - Figures showing a 0.9 percent contraction in Japan's economy in the three months to September, the first in three quarters, are severe, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told a lower house budgetary committee on Monday.

"We will respond with a sense of urgency," he said.