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Japan posted a goods trade surplus of ¥3.41 billion ($32.1 million) in February amid continued strength in exports, but rising energy imports weighed on the black ink, government data showed Monday.

The trade surplus came as exports rose 1.8 percent from a year earlier to ¥6.463 trillion, up for the 15th straight month, while imports soared 16.5 percent to ¥6.460 trillion. Japan has benefited from strengthening overseas demand as global economic growth has gained traction.

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