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Japan's exports jump 40 percent in April

 FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2009 file photo, workers are dwarfed by piled containers at a wharf in Tokyo, Japan.  Japan says the nation's exports in Apri...
  In this March 29, 2010 file photo, Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co.'s vehicles for export park at a Yokohama port, near Tokyo, Japan. Japan says t...

Japan Economy

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2009 file photo, workers are dwarfed by piled containers at a wharf in Tokyo, Japan. Japan says the nation's exports in Apri...

Japan Economy

In this March 29, 2010 file photo, Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co.'s vehicles for export park at a Yokohama port, near Tokyo, Japan. Japan says t...

Japan's exports expanded for a fifth straight month in April, fueled by brisk overseas demand for cars and high-tech goods in a fresh sigh of a recovery in the global economy,
Exports in April jumped 40.4 percent to 5.9 trillion yen ($65 billion), marking the fifth month of year-on-year increase, the finance ministry said Thursday.
Rising global demand for Japanese cars and semiconductors helped lift exports last month. Japan's auto exports in April more than doubled from a year earlier to 775.2 billion yen, with semiconductor shipments up 35.5 percent at 366.7 billion yen.
"The figures underlined a steady recovery in the global economy. It is heartening to see Japanese car exports sharply up in every key region," said Hiroshi Watanabe, economist at Daiwa Institute of Research.
Japan's auto exports to the United States and Asia, including a booming China, more than doubled in April. Auto shipments to the European Union also surged 49.7 percent year-on-year.
Robust global demand, particularly in Asia, is feeding a turnaround in Japan's economy _ the world's second-largest _ offsetting weak demand and falling prices at home. Japan's exports to Asia alone account for 56 percent of total shipments.
Watanabe said a recovery in global auto demand, which plummeted in the wake of the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, is vital to Japan's economic recovery.
"The auto industry is one of the key pillars of the Japanese economy. With recovering demand, auto makers can boost capital investment and increase employment, stimulating domestic demand," he said.
Japan's gross domestic product grew at an annual pace of 4.9 percent in the January-March period, marking the fourth straight quarter of expansion on the back of soaring exports to China.
Among key regions, U.S.-bound exports rose 34.5 percent, while exports to Asia surged 45.3 percent in April. Exports to China alone jumped 41.4 percent, while shipments to the European Union climbed 19.8 percent.
Japan's imports in April rose 24.2 percent to 5.1 trillion yen, resulting in a trade surplus of 742 billion yen.


Updated : 2021-06-13 21:39 GMT+08:00