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Japan Posts Largest Monthly China Trade Deficit

Today (November 21) Japan announced a trade deficit of $4.9 billion in October with China. It’s the largest ever monthly trade deficit Japan has recorded with is main trading partner. 2012-11-21 11:52 AM EST
Today (November 21) Japan announced a trade deficit of $4.9 billion in October with China. It’s the largest ever monthly trade deficit Japan has recorded with is main trading partner. 

 

It follows heated anti-Japanese protests in China, sparked by the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands dispute.

 

Chinese citizens called for a boycotted of Japanese-made goods. Since then, Japanese carmaker have been cutting local production and sales forecasts. 

 

Japan’s Ministry of Commerce said auto exports were down 82% from a year ago. The boycott has also adversely affected the machinery and manufactured goods sectors. They dropped by 20% and 17% respectively.

 

Japan’s overall trade deficit also increased to $6.6 billion. It’s the fourth month in a row that the deficit has grown. 

 

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