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Japan’s current account surplus increased 18.3 percent in August from a year earlier as imports declined faster than exports amid the continued effects of the U.S.-China trade conflict, government data showed Tuesday.

The surplus in the current account — one of the widest gauges of international trade — stood at ¥2.16 trillion, marking the 62nd straight month of black ink, the Finance Ministry said in a preliminary report.

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