Japan Balance of Trade  1963-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Japan recorded a ¥140.2 billion trade surplus in December of 2015, compared to a ¥666 billion deficit a year earlier. Exports shrank 8 percent year-on-year, the biggest decline since September of 2012 and imports slumped at a faster 18 percent, worse than market expectations. Balance of Trade in Japan averaged 370.52 JPY Billion from 1963 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 1608.67 JPY Billion in September of 2007 and a record low of -2795.04 JPY Billion in January of 2014. Balance of Trade in Japan is reported by the Ministry of Finance Japan.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
140.20 -379.72 1608.67 -2795.04 1963 - 2015 JPY Billion Monthly
Between 1980 and 2010 Japan recorded a trade surplus every year. But since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, imports have surged due to the weakening of the Japanese yen and increased purchases of fossil fuels and gas. As a result in 2014 trade deficit was the worst on record. In 2014, the biggest trade surpluses were recorded with: United States, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore. The biggest trade deficits were recorded with: China, Saudi Arabia, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Russia and Malaysia. This page provides - Japan Balance of Trade - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Japan Balance of Trade - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on February of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-11-18 11:50 PM Oct ¥ 111.5B ¥ -114.5B ¥-292B ¥ -289.1B
2015-12-16 11:50 PM Nov ¥-379.7B ¥ 111.5B ¥-446.2B ¥ -294.6B
2016-01-24 11:50 PM Dec ¥140B ¥-379.7B ¥100B ¥-162.8B
2016-02-17 11:50 PM Jan ¥140B ¥ -105B
2016-03-16 11:50 PM Feb ¥ -192.5B
2016-04-19 11:50 PM Mar ¥ -21.1B

Japan Posts Trade Surplus in December


Japan recorded a ¥140 billion surplus in December of 2015, compared to a ¥666 billion deficit a year earlier. Exports shrank 8 percent year-on-year, the biggest decline since September of 2012 and imports slumped at a faster 18 percent, worse than market expectations.

Exports contracted for the third straight month. Sales went down 8 percent year-on-year to ¥6337.6 billion, following a 3.3 percent drop in November. Shipments to the United States went down 3.4 percent, sales to China fell 8.6 percent, those to South Korea declined 15.4 percent and exports to Taiwan decreased 3.7 percent. In contrast, sales to the European Union went up 3.1 percent. By product, sales of machinery (-11.6 percent), manufactured goods (-15.6 percent) and electrical machinery (-7.9 percent) accounted the most for the decline.
 
Imports fell 18 percent to ¥6197 billion, following a 10.2 percent decrease in November and marking the 12th straight decline. Purchases from China went down 8.9 percent, those from the United States decreased 10.1 percent, imports from Saudi Arabia dropped 44.4 percent and those from the United Arab Emirates went down 39.9 percent while imports from the Western Europe grew 9.8 percent, specially from Ireland (+480 percent). By product, imports of mineral fuels (-43.3 percent) were the main responsible for the drop, mainly petroleum (-46.7 percent).
 
Considering full 2015, exports increased 3.5 percent and imports dropped 8.7 percent. The country’s trade deficit narrowed 77.9 percent to ¥2832 billion. 

Ministry of Finance | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
1/25/2016 12:24:44 AM

Japan Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 140.20 -379.72 1608.67 -2795.04 JPY Billion [+]
Exports 6337.56 5981.38 7681.69 105.08 JPY Billion [+]
Imports 6197.34 6361.10 8047.03 162.06 JPY Billion [+]
Current Account 960.70 1143.50 3360.40 -1596.90 JPY Billion [+]
Current Account to GDP 0.50 0.70 4.80 -1.00 percent [+]
External Debt 349203.00 335994.00 349203.00 141743.00 JPY Billion [+]
Terms of Trade 102.70 100.80 276.10 83.10 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 12820.00 12159.00 37754.00 -3825.00 JPY Hundreds Million [+]
Capital Flows 13709.00 27380.00 46032.00 -26928.00 JPY HML [+]
Tourism Revenues 160415000.00 189572000.00 313197000.00 71965000.00 JPY Thousand [+]
Tourist Arrivals 1773100.00 1647600.00 1918400.00 225806.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 765.20 765.20 765.20 753.54 Tonnes [+]
Terrorism Index 0.00 0.09 2.52 0.00 [+]
Crude Oil Production 4.00 4.00 13.00 4.00 BBL/D/1K [+]




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