Japan’s trade surplus in January grew almost fivefold from a year earlier as exports to China and other Asian economies expanded while imports from the United States dropped due to the ban on U.S. beef.

The merchandise trade surplus — exports minus imports — came to 507.1 billion yen, compared with 102.8 billion yen in January last year, marking the seventh consecutive monthly rise, the Finance Ministry said Monday.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.