25 Jan '12, 12am

Japan sees first annual trade deficit in 31 years

Japan sees first annual trade deficit in 31 years

TOKYO: Japan announced its first annual trade deficit for more than 30 years on Wednesday after the March quake-tsunami and strong yen hit exports in 2011, and high fuel costs pushed up import bills. The first calendar-year deficit in goods since 1980 came to 2.49 trillion yen ($32 billion), the finance ministry said. Imports were up 12.0 percent on 2010, it said, particularly crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG), while exports fell 2.7 percent, led by automobiles, semiconductors and other components. After rising from the ashes of World War II Japan established itself as a trading nation, enjoying enormous trade surpluses with its competitive cars, electronics and other exports. But energy imports to the resource-poor country have soared in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis with atomic power stations being taken offline and fossil fuel plants used to make up t...

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