Japan Balance of Trade 1963-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Japan recorded a trade deficit of 53.44 JPY Billion in April of 2015. Balance of Trade in Japan averaged 377.58 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
-53.44 227.43 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. Content for - Japan Balance of Trade - was last refreshed on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-03-17 11:50 PM Feb ¥ -425B ¥ -1177B ¥ -1050.7B ¥ -568.5B
2015-04-22 12:50 AM Mar ¥ 229.3B ¥ -425B ¥ 50B ¥ -397.6B
2015-05-25 12:50 AM Apr ¥ -53.4B ¥ 229.3B ¥-318.9B ¥-392.6B
2015-06-18 12:50 AM May ¥ -53.4B ¥ -786.2B
2015-07-24 12:50 AM Jun ¥ -415B
2015-08-20 12:50 AM Jul ¥ -508.9B


Japan Trade Gap Smaller Than Expected in April


Japan reported a trade deficit of ¥53.44 billion in April of 2015, much lower than a ¥825.53 billion gap a year earlier as exports surged and imports fell.

In April, exports grew by 8 percent year-on-year to ¥6067.18 billion. Sales to the US rose the most by 21.4 percent, followed by the Middle East (+7.6 percent). Exports to the Asia, representing more than half of the country's total sales increased by 6 percent with shipments to India rising by 33.6 percent, to China by 2.4 percent, to Singapore by 20.0 percent, to Philippines by 4.3 percent and to Vietnam by 45.5 percent. Exports to Western Europe rose only by 0.8 percent. In contrast, sales dropped to Russia (-32.5 percent) and Africa (-1.6 percent).

By commodity, value of exports increased for all categories except mineral fuels: foodstuff (+30.1 percent), raw materials (+2.9 percent), chemicals (+5.8 percent), manufactured goods (+3.1 percent), machinery (+5.0 percent), electrical machinery (+9.0 percent), transport equipment (+5.8 percent) and other (+28.3 percent).

Imports declined by 4.2 percent year-on-year to ¥6892.71 billion. Shipments decreased for raw materials (-7.7 percent). Purchases of mineral fuels also fell by 29.1 percent with those of petroleum down by 34.6 percent, petroleum products (-14.7 percent), LNG (-35.0 percent) and LPG (-3.5 percent). In contrast, imports increased for: foodstuff (+13.2 percent), chemicals (+11.2 percent), manufactures goods (+8.7 percent), machinery (+6.4 percent), electrical machinery (+9.6 percent), transport equipment (19.5 percent) and others (+4.5 percent). 

In March 2015, Japan posted a revised  ¥ 227.4 billion surplus, the first trade surplus since June 2012. .

Ministry of Finance l Rida Husna l rida@tradingeconomics.com
5/25/2015 3:56:48 AM


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Japan Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -53.44 227.43 1608.67 -2795.04 JPY Billion [+]
Exports 6551.46 6927.38 7681.69 105.08 JPY Billion [+]
Imports 6604.91 6698.12 8044.06 162.06 JPY Billion [+]
Current Account 2795.30 1440.10 3360.40 -1586.10 JPY Billion [+]
Current Account to GDP 0.70 1.10 4.80 -1.00 percent [+]
External Debt 329336.00 325329.00 329336.00 141743.00 JPY Billion [+]
Terms of Trade 98.00 96.70 276.10 83.10 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 6315.00 12893.00 37754.00 -3825.00 JPY Hundreds Million [+]
Capital Flows 47371.00 23334.00 47371.00 -26928.00 JPY HML [+]
Tourist Arrivals 1764700.00 1526000.00 1764700.00 225806.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 765.22 765.22 765.22 753.55 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 4.00 4.00 13.00 4.00 BBL/D/1K [+]


Balance of Trade Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia -1322.00 Mar/15 -1609.00 2254.00 -3877.00 AUD Million [+]
Brazil 491.00 Apr/15 458.00 5659.37 -4058.14 USD Million [+]
Canada -3019.00 Mar/15 -2215.00 8524.80 -3019.00 CAD Million [+]
China 341.34 Apr/15 30.81 606.19 -319.71 USD Hundred Million [+]
Euro Area 23372.90 Mar/15 20300.00 24009.80 -16638.00 EUR Million [+]
France -4575.00 Mar/15 -3623.00 2674.00 -7086.00 EUR Million [+]
Germany 23000.00 Mar/15 19515.32 23500.00 -535.91 EUR Million [+]
India -10990.00 Apr/15 -11790.00 258.90 -20210.90 USD Million [+]
Indonesia 454.40 Apr/15 1025.60 4641.92 -2329.13 USD Million [+]
Italy 4060.39 Mar/15 3537.91 6923.00 -6389.30 EUR Million [+]
Japan -53.44 Apr/15 227.43 1608.67 -2795.04 JPY Billion [+]
Mexico -85.30 Apr/15 479.80 1710.25 -3292.30 USD Million [+]
Netherlands 5401.00 Mar/15 6329.20 6329.20 -907.60 EUR Million [+]
Russia 14981.00 Mar/15 13597.00 20356.00 -185.00 USD Million [+]
South Korea 8488.00 Apr/15 8380.51 8488.00 -4043.45 USD Million [+]
Spain -890600.00 Mar/15 -2037200.00 634935.00 -9834766.00 EUR Thousand [+]
Switzerland 2525.00 Mar/15 2316.16 3894.91 -1478.68 CHF million [+]
Turkey -6153.67 Mar/15 -4655.64 24.51 -10453.06 USD Million [+]
United Kingdom -2817.00 Mar/15 -3318.00 2946.00 -5397.00 GBP Million [+]
United States -51367.00 Mar/15 -35892.00 1946.00 -67823.00 USD Million [+]