Imports to Japan increased 7 percent year-on-year to JPY 6.59 trillion in September 2018, slowing from a 15.3 percent gain in August and missing estimates of 13.7 percent. Purchases of mineral fuels surged 42.1 percent, boosted by petroleum (37.9 pct); and those of electrical machinery went up 0.7 percent, driven by telephony, telegraphy (14.7 pct). Also, imports grew for machinery (0.2 pct); chemicals (4.2 pct); and manufactured goods (2.8 pct), of which iron & steel products (9.7 pct) and non-ferrous metals (3.9 pct). In contrast, imports of others fell 5 percent, of which scientific, optical instruments (-5.8 pct); and those of transport equipment dropped 2.1 percent. By country, purchases rose from China (4.2 pct); South Korea (8.8 pct); the US (3.1 pct); the EU (0.7 pct); Australia (30.5 pct); and the Middle East (35.4 pct). In contrast, imports dropped from Taiwan (-4.2 pct); Thailand (-1.8 pct); and Western Europe (-0.8 pct), namely Germany (-7.1 pct); and Italy (-4.4 pct). Imports in Japan averaged 2965.79 JPY Billion from 1963 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 8047.03 JPY Billion in January of 2014 and a record low of 162.06 JPY Billion in January of 1963.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-08-15 11:50 PM Imports YoY 14.6% 2.6% 14.4%
2018-09-18 11:50 PM Imports YoY 15.4% 14.6% 14.9%
2018-10-17 11:50 PM Imports YoY 7% 15.3% 13.7%
2018-11-18 11:50 PM Imports YoY 7% 13.7%
2018-12-18 11:50 PM Imports YoY


Japan Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 139.56 -438.45 1608.67 -2795.12 JPY Billion [+]
Exports 6726.65 6692.01 7681.69 105.08 JPY Billion [+]
Imports 6587.09 7130.46 8047.03 162.06 JPY Billion [+]
Current Account 1821.60 1838.40 3360.40 -1456.11 JPY Billion [+]
Current Account to GDP 4.02 3.70 4.70 -1.00 percent [+]
External Debt 426882.00 413946.00 426882.00 141743.00 JPY Billion [+]
Terms of Trade 95.90 96.00 276.10 83.10 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 12535.00 13545.00 45202.00 -3825.00 JPY Hundreds Million [+]
Capital Flows 31777.00 19120.00 51917.00 -26928.00 JPY HML [+]
Tourism Revenues 17647000.00 17929000.00 27665000.00 821000.00 JPY Thousand [+]
Tourist Arrivals 2159600.00 2577800.00 2900700.00 225806.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 765.20 765.20 765.22 753.54 Tonnes [+]
Terrorism Index 3.60 2.45 3.60 0.00 [+]
Crude Oil Production 3.00 3.00 13.00 3.00 BBL/D/1K [+]

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Japan Imports

Japan main imports are: mineral fuels (21 percent of total imports) with petroleum accounting for 10 percent, electrical machinery (16 percent), machinery (10 percent), food (9 percent), manufactured goods (9 percent), chemicals (8 percent) and raw materials (6 percent). Japan's main import partners are China (25 percent), the United States (10 percent), Australia (5.4 percent), South Korea (4 percent), Saudi Arabia (3.9 percent), United Arab Emirates (3.6 percent) and Qatar (3.6 percent). This page provides the latest reported value for - Japan Imports - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Japan Imports - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on November of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6587.09 7130.46 8047.03 162.06 1963 - 2018 JPY Billion Monthly
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