Japan's exports up first time in over 2 years
NHK -- Jan 21
Japan's exports were up in December from the same month the previous year on stronger demand from customers in China and other Asian countries.

That is the first rise in more than 2 years.

The Ministry of Finance issued preliminary trade numbers on Thursday.

They show exports rose 2 percent in yen terms last month, marking the first increase in 25 months.

Shipments to China grew 10.2 percent, as customers bought plastic materials and nonferrous metals.

The figures for other economies in Asia show a rise of 6.1 percent, on exports of chip-making machinery.

It was a different story in other major markets.

The European Union brought in fewer cars from Japan, as shipments to the bloc were down 1.6 percent.

Exports to the United States edged down 0.7 percent. One factor was weaker demand for aircraft components.

Meanwhile, Japan's imports fell 11.6 percent last month. That adds up to a trade surplus for the sixth month in a row, coming in at 7.2 billion dollars.

The ministry has also released trade figures for the year.

They show a 6.5-billion-dollar surplus, although exports posted a 11.1 percent drop and imports were down 13.8 percent compared to 2019. The coronavirus pandemic dampened global trade for much of 2020.

- NHK

先月の日本の輸出は、2年1カ月ぶりに前の年の同じ月を上回りました。  財務省が発表した12月の貿易統計によりますと、日本の輸出額は前の年の同じ月に比べて、2.0%プラスの6兆7062億円でした。  中国向けのプラスチックや非鉄金属が増えたことなどが要因で、輸出額が前の年の同じ月を上回るのは、2018年11月以来、2年1カ月ぶりのことです。  また、輸入は原油や石炭が減ったことで、11.6%マイナスの5兆9552億円でした。  輸出から輸入を差し引いた貿易収支は、7510億円の黒字となり黒字は6カ月連続です。  また、合わせて発表された2020年の貿易収支は6747億円の黒字でした。 - ANNnewsCH

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