Table 13: Japan's Imports by Commodity, 1995-1999

(in millions of dollars, c.i.f. value basis)

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1995

1996*

1997*

1998*

1999*

Total Imports

$336,094

$349,686

$338,508

$279,991

$309,613

Food and Live Animals

46,082

46,347

41,714

36,489

39,487

Meat and Meat Products

9,680

9,380

7,570

6,738

7,797

aaa Fresh and Frozen Beef

3,262

2,720

2,612

2,335

2,446

aaa Fresh and Frozen Pork

3,739

3,832

2,693

2,189

2,860

aaa Fresh and Frozen Poultry

1,252

1,230

966

906

941

Dairy Products and Eggs

778

792

796

761

741

Fish and Fish Products

17,489

16,690

15,174

12,546

14,461

aaa Fresh and Frozen Tuna

1,852

1,927

1,594

10,647

12,358

aaa Fresh and Frozen Shrimp and Lobster

3,941

6,696

5,847

2,784

2,676

aaa Fresh and Frozen Salmon

1,066

1,123

983

947

1,176

aaa Prepared Fish Products

2,506

2,422

2,379

1,884

2,103

Grains and Cereal Products

5,253

6,697

5,719

4,871

4,559

aaa Wheat

1,341

1,563

1,361

1,094

1,073

aaa Rice

21

267

331

273

314

aaa Corn for Mixed Feed

1,664

2,088

2,445

2,114

1,884

Fruits and Vegetables

6,559

6,355

5,914

5,792

6,477

aaa Fruits

3,247

3,113

2,864

2,680

3,118

aaa Vegetables

3,311

3,242

3,050

3,112

3,359

Sugar

619

789

759

623

503

Coffee, Tea and Spices

1,277

2,071

2,170

2,012

1,830

Animal Feeds

2,242

2,316

2,394

2,057

1,963

Beverages and Tobacco

5,054

4,489

4,396

4,847

4,759

Alcoholic Beverages

1,964

1,751

1,724

2,261

1,868

Unmanufactured Tobacco

583

475

551

566

550

Cigarettes

2,176

2,035

1,938

1,856

2,127

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Crude Materials (excl. fuels)

32,125

29,576

28,554

21,110

21,679

Oilseeds and Oil Nuts

2,299

2,633

2,762

2,380

2,069

aaa Soybeans

1,373

1,655

1,750

1,435

1,198

aaa Rapeseed

630

916

724

679

614

Rubber

1,325

1,248

1,085

749

712

Logs and Lumber

10,118

9,571

8,829

4,782

5,681

aaa Logs

4,779

3,734

3,156

1,830

1,986

aaa Lumber

5,339

5,127

5,097

2,667

3,348

Wood Pulp

2,838

2,013

1,857

1,615

1,525

Textile Fibers and Waste

1,795

1,728

1,531

1,130

1,015

aaa Wool

579

500

510

283

234

aaa Cotton

737

691

572

552

426

Crude Minerals

1,775

1,730

1,742

1,484

1,414

Metal Ores, Concentrates and Scrap

9,402

8,268

8,595

7,163

7,338

aaa Iron Ore and Concentrates

3,129

3,122

3,268

3,043

2,844

aaa Nonferrous Ores

4,835

4,007

4,073

3,159

3,418

aaaaa a Copper

3,091

2,470

2,434

1,878

2,140

Nonferrous Scrap

1,014

727

765

579

691

Other Crude Organic Materials

1,959

1,904

1,706

1,485

1,594

Mineral Fuels

53,387

60,633

62,339

42,954

49,568

Coal

6,584

7,034

6,975

6,244

5,577

aaa Coking Coal

4,082

4,175

4,191

3,742

3,183

Petroleum Products

35,685

41,371

41,781

26,462

32,448

aaa Crude Petroleum

29,960

33,541

34,857

22,385

26,689

aaa Petroleum Products

5,725

7,830

6,924

4,077

5,759

aaa aaa Jet Fuel

823

1,804

1,018

292

794

aaa aaa Residual Fuel Oil

587

871

550

249

366

Natural and Manufactured Gas

11,007

12,227

13,584

10,248

11,544

aaa Liquefied Petroleum Gas

3,349

3,574

4,034

2,487

3,184

aaa Liquefied Methane Gas

7,658

8,653

9,550

7,761

8,360

Animal and Vegetable Oils and Fats

833

831

847

799

714

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Chemicals

24,643

23,337

23,480

20,825

23,149

Chemical Elements and Compounds

10,910

9,837

10,006

8,722

9,411

aaa Organic Chemicals

7,446

6,611

6,750

5,739

6,562

aaa Inorganic Chemicals

1,957

2,010

1,981

1,845

1,809

aaa Radioactive Chemicals

n.a.

1,059

1,131

1,002

922

Dyeing, Tanning and Coloring Materials

914

883

908

806

818

Pharmaceuticals

4,913

4,508

4,239

3,743

4,588

aaa Bulk Antibiotics

675

619

551

487

611

Fertilizers

527

544

540

491

489

Plastic Materials

2,321

2,357

2,512

2,348

2,722

Perfumes and Cosmetics

1,502

1,577

1,629

1,452

1,726

Other Chemicals

3,239

3,195

3,106

2,947

3,048

Manufactured Goods Classified Mainly by Material

41,269

39,136

38,136

29,612

31,045

Tires and Other Rubber Manufactures

1,018

966

1,027

896

871

Wood Manufactures

5,735

6,374

6,215

4,340

5,076

aaa Plywood

2,105

2,605

2,593

1,255

1,932

aaa Wood Chips

2,337

2,413

2,292

2,129

2,039

Paper and Paper Products

2,037

2,260

1,824

1,607

1,685

Textiles (excl. fibers and apparel)

5,997

6,059

5,764

4,314

4,492

aaa Yarn and Thread

329

1,480

1,579

1,012

981

Woven Cotton Fabrics

545

639

565

406

420

aaa Floor Coverings

536

537

431

336

344

Nonmetallic Mineral Manufactures

6,228

6,011

5,153

3,994

4,458

aaa Glass and Glassware

1,002

1,105

1,212

944

969

aaa Diamonds

2,576

2,195

1,454

1,061

1,303

aaa Precious and Semiprecious Stones

550

492

300

182

240

aaa Steel

5,850

4,455

4,417

3,190

2,949

aaa Ferroalloys

1,490

1,374

1,269

993

853

aaa Plates, Sheets, Coils and Strip

2,698

1,991

2,093

1,493

1,419

Nonferrous Metals

10,895

9,286

10,041

8,117

8,205

aaa Precious Metals (excl. gold)

1,718

1,460

1,666

1,696

2,129

aaa Copper and Alloys

1,569

1,205

1,160

729

707

aaa Nickel and Alloys

666

521

595

395

451

aaa Aluminum and Alloys

5,654

4,827

5,292

4,145

3,989

Metal Manufactures

3,215

3,402

3,406

2,953

3,089

aaa Tools

538

541

547

479

469

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Machinery and Transport Equipment

77,942

87,874

86,119

77,336

87,942

Nonelectric Machinery

27,629

32,673

32,970

29,432

32,830

aaa Power Generating Machinery

2,415

2,408

2,867

3,090

3,286

aaa aaa Aircraft Engines

991

1,178

1,409

1,576

1,614

aaa aaa Other Internal Combustion Engines

522

545

622

698

803

aaa Office Machinery

15,703

18,893

18,713

16,314

19,836

aaa aaa Computers, Peripheral Equipment and Parts

15,468

18,571

18,406

16,025

19,525

aaa aaa aaa Mass Storage Units

n.a.

n.a.

n.a.

3,166

3,390

aaa Metalworking Machinery

845

1,133

1,109

1,007

962

aaa Printing and Bookbinding Machinery

379

558

474

423

349

aaa Heating and Cooling Machinery

1,190

1,314

1,200

1,008

997

aaa Pumps and Centrifuges

1,389

1,634

1,606

1,481

1,519

aaa Cocks and Valves

550

623

650

573

590

Electric Machinery

34,771

39,309

38,486

34,425

40,294

aaa Electric Power Machinery

2,606

2,988

3,108

2,958

3,206

aaa Switchboards and Control Panels

1,473

1,673

1,873

1,714

1,916

aaa Audio-Visual Equipment and Parts

5,930

6,625

6,061

5,316

6,283

aaa aaa Radios

993

912

800

785

982

aaa aaa Televisions

n.a.

1,446

1,259

1,091

1,372

aaa aaa Video Cassette Recorders

n.a.

798

666

647

755

aaa aaa Amplifiers and Speakers

n.a.

608

644

589

662

aaa aaa Parts

n.a.

846

802

864

951

aaa Telephone and Telegraph Equipment

3,172

4,025

3,589

3,549

3,898

aaa Home Appliances

1,230

1,297

1,209

1,009

1,265

aaa Electronic Tubes and Semiconductors

12,181

13,259

12,858

10,749

13,458

aaa aaa Integrated Circuits

10,754

11,730

11,045

9,195

11,898

aaa aaa aaa Memories

n.a.

n.a.

n.a.

3,397

4,812

aaa aaa aaa Microprocessors

n.a.

n.a.

n.a.

1,891

2,257

aaa Electronic Measuring and Controlling Instruments

2,774

3,081

3,144

3,003

3,121

Transport Equipment

15,542

15,892

14,663

13,479

14,817

aaa Cars and Trucks

9,957

10,604

8,050

5,702

6,343

aaa Automotive Parts

1,452

1,632

1,782

1,586

1,628

aaa Aircraft

2,702

2,475

3,709

5,178

5,644

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Miscellaneous Manufactured Goods

47,337

51,108

47,212

40,750

45,539

Furniture

3,061

3,357

3,238

2,658

3,007

Travel Goods and Handbags

2,954

3,028

2,707

2,311

2,662

Clothing

18,541

19,607

16,622

14,604

16,289

Footwear

2,972

3,362

3,170

2,440

2,768

Scientific, Medical and Optical Instruments

5,260

6,623

7,037

6,427

7,339

Watches and Clocks

1,762

1,785

1,697

1,577

1,685

Photographic Supplies

814

785

666

561

639

Phonograph Records and Tapes

1,485

1,670

1,512

1,211

1,296

Plastic Products

1,566

1,775

1,873

1,676

1,990

Toys and Games

1,251

1,506

1,843

1,641

1,638

Sporting Goods

2,094

2,114

1,713

1,409

1,543

Art Works and Antiques

498

547

596

371

458

Unclassified Commodities

7,423

6,354

5,711

5,269

5,732

Reimported Goods

4,019

4,331

4,071

4,100

4,388

Nonmonetary Gold

3,304

1,693

1,262

799

953

* The Ministry of Finance ceased releasing customs-clearance trade data in dollars after March 1996. Beginning with April 1996, the yen figures are converted into dollars using the average annual rate on the Tokyo foreign exchange market.

Source: Ministry of Finance

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