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Japan’s current account surplus shrank in the first half as exports to Asia turned sluggish amid ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China, government data showed Thursday.

The surplus in the current account, one of the widest gauges of international trade, stood at ¥10.47 trillion ($98.73 billion), down 4.2 percent from a year earlier, the Finance Ministry’s preliminary report said.

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