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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Japan Surplus Numbers




TOKYO -- Japan's trade surplus with the world fell nearly 15 percent in March, the government said Monday, as higher oil prices and a recovering economy boosted imports.


The politically sensitive surplus with the United States, however, rose as exports of Japanese fiber cable and automobiles surged and imports of U.S.-made goods dropped.


Over the whole of fiscal year 1999, ended March 31, the trade surplus shrank 13.9 percent year-over-year to 12.1 trillion yen ($115.2 billion), marking the first contraction in three years.