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The current account surplus shrank 3.3 percent from the previous year in the first half on weak exports to the rest of Asia amid continuing tensions over the U.S-China trade war, preliminary data showed Monday.

In the April-September half, the surplus in the current account — one of the widest gauges of international trade — came to ¥10.34 trillion ($95 billion), shrinking slightly but logging its 11th straight half in the black, the Finance Ministry said in the preliminary report.

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