Aug 4, 2016

Auto imports rise for fourth month in row

Sales of imported foreign-brand vehicles in July rose 5.9 percent from a year earlier to 21,828 units, up for the fourth straight month, industry data showed Thursday. The rise reflects the continuing popularity of clean-diesel models despite Volkswagen’s fuel-efficiency scandal, the Japan Automobile Importers ...

Aug 1, 2016

Tokyo Gas in talks with European firms to swap LNG cargoes

Tokyo Gas Co., the nation’s second-biggest buyer of liquefied natural gas, is in talks with European companies to swap cargoes it owns from the U.S. with those in Asia to reduce shipping times and costs. The utility is offering cargoes from the Cove Point ...

American shale gas heads to East Asia for first time

Jul 28, 2016

American shale gas heads to East Asia for first time

East Asia, which imports more liquefied natural gas than any other region of the world, is preparing to receive its first supplies from America’s shale bounty. A tanker that loaded LNG at Cheniere Energy Inc.’s export terminal in Louisiana is bound for the Far ...

Jul 20, 2016

Japan's eel imports peak ahead of Day of Ox

Japan’s imports of eels are peaking ahead of the July 30 Day of the Ox, when many people in the country enjoy grilled eel in the belief the dish helps them cope with the summer heat. According to a Narita, Chiba Prefecture-based eel trading ...

Japan logs first trade deficit in four months in May

Jun 20, 2016

Japan logs first trade deficit in four months in May

Japan posted a goods trade deficit of ¥40.7 billion in May for the first red ink in four months, the government said Monday, with the balance weighed down by sluggish exports amid a slowdown in overseas economies. The value of exports dropped 11.3 percent ...

Jun 2, 2016

Japan suspends Australian cattle imports over infection

Japan has temporarily suspended live cattle imports from Australia after “some” cows were found to have a gastrointestinal disease, the agriculture ministry said Thursday. The infected animals arrived in Japan by air and tested positive for Johne’s disease, also known as paratuberculosis, while in ...

Japan's exports post seventh monthly decline on stronger yen

May 23, 2016

Japan's exports post seventh monthly decline on stronger yen

Exports fell for the seventh consecutive month in April as the yen strengthened, underscoring the growing challenges to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to revive economic growth. Overseas shipments declined 10.1 percent in April from a year earlier, the Finance Ministry said Monday. The ...

May 23, 2016

Japan pays least since 2005 for LNG amid price slump

Japan, the world’s biggest buyer of LNG, paid the lowest price in about 11 years for the fuel last month amid a global oversupply. The average price of LNG shipments into the country was about $6.32 per million British thermal units in April, the ...

Current account surplus doubled last year on cheap oil

May 12, 2016

Current account surplus doubled last year on cheap oil

The nation’s current account surplus doubled in fiscal 2015 from the previous year to ¥17.98 trillion, buoyed by lower crude oil prices and a surge in travel surplus on the back of a growing number of foreign tourists, the government said Thursday. Cheap crude ...