The value of Japan’s imports increased 11.8 percent year-over-year June 2013, according to Japan’s Ministry of Finance. This was the highest growth rate in four months; import value has increased for the past eight consecutive months.
Japanese imports were valued at 6.243 trillion yen (about US$64.2 billion) in June 2013, down 7.7 percent from May 2013, when they were valued at $69.6 billion. This was the lowest import value since February 2013. Import value had increased month-to-month for the preceding three months. In the first half of 2013, imports were valued at $399 billion, 9.2 percent higher year-over-year.
Japan's exports were up 7.4 percent in June and totaled $62.3 billion, the fourth straight year-over-year increase. June’s exports also rose 5 percent from May, when their value was $59.3 billion. For the January-June 2013 period, exports were valued at $349.2 billion, 4.2 percent higher than they were during the same period in 2012.