Table 3: Japan's Exports and Imports in Dollar Terms,
1995-1999

(in millions of dollars, customs clearance basis, seasonally unadjusted)

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Exports (f.o.b.)

Change Over Year-Earlier Period

Imports (c.i.f.)

Change Over Year-Earlier Period

Trade Balance

1995

$442,937

12.0%

$336,094

22.3%

$106,843

1996

411,260

-7.2

349,597

3.9

61,663

1997

421,010

2.4

338,508

-3.2

82,501

1998

386,869

-8.1

279,991

-17.3

106,878

1999

417,413

7.9

309,613

10.6

107,800

1998

January

29,818

-0.6

26,677

-11.7

3,141

February

32,492

0.2

22,356

-16.9

10,136

March

35,677

-3.6

26,037

-14.6

9,640

April

33,012

-6.4

23,726

-17.7

9,286

May

29,943

-13.2

20,920

-26.1

9,023

June

30,920

-14.3

22,287

-19.5

8,633

July

32,412

-12.8

23,102

-22.7

9,310

August

27,750

-16.9

21,590

-20.9

6,160

September

34,152

-6.8

22,699

-18.4

11,453

October

36,120

-5.9

24,859

-15.0

11,261

November

30,512

-9.5

23,129

-8.4

7,383

December

35,131

-3.4

23,110

-13.8

12,021

1999

January

30,487

2.2

23,826

-10.7

6,661

February

30,801

-5.2

22,819

2.1

7,982

March

35,947

0.8

25,065

-3.7

10,882

April

33,583

1.7

24,928

5.1

8,655

May

29,163

-2.6

22,447

7.3

6,716

June

33,803

9.3

24,189

8.5

9,614

July

35,206

8.6

24,839

7.5

10,367

August

32,954

18.8

26,806

24.2

6,148

September

39,699

16.2

26,918

18.6

12,781

October

38,999

8.0

27,967

12.5

11,032

November

37,057

21.5

30,738

32.9

6,319

December

41,656

18.6

30,702

32.9

10,954

Notes:

  1. The Ministry of Finance ceased releasing customs clearance data in dollars after March 1996. Beginning with April 1996, the yen figures were converted into dollars using the average rate on the Tokyo interbank market for the relevant period.
  2. The monthly data for 1998 and 1999 do not add up to the totals for those years because monthly exchange rates were used to convert the figures.

Source: Ministry of Finance

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