Japan's exports posted their sharpest growth in 27 months in January as they continued to recover from a coronavirus-triggered global slump, driven by brisk demand in China and other Asian countries, government data showed Wednesday.

Exports in the reporting month rose 6.4% from a year earlier to ¥5.78 trillion, their biggest rise since October 2018 and the second straight month of growth following a 2.0% rise — and the first increase in 25 months — in December, according to the preliminary data released by the Finance Ministry.

The January exports were led by a 37.5% surge in exports to China, the biggest expansion since April 2010, along with a 19.4% jump in shipments to Asia as a whole.