Japan’s deficit reaches 8-year high as energy imports soar

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Japan racked up a 2.2 trillion yen trade deficit last month that an eight-year high and the cost of energy imports soared information said the government.

The Finance Ministry explained that exports edged up 9.6 percent in January from the same month the previous year and also Imports jumped 39.6 percent that resulting in the sixth straight month of trade deficits.

The amount is the biggest since January 2014 that when the trade deficit totaled nearly 2.8 trillion yen. Koya Miyamae that a senior economist at SMBC Nikko Securities explains the trade deficit tends to rise in January because of the New Year’s holidays.

Which pushes exports down. But even considering that the deficit is huge, that also involved in the explanation.

Japan imports almost all its oil and gas. Prices have soared to multi-year highs recently and adding to global concerns about inflation. Tensions in Ukraine amid tension about a Russian invasion have pushed prices still higher.

This resulted in Japan’s currency that the yen has weakening against the United States dollar as the Federal Reserve prepares to increase interest rates to counter inflation.

Higher rates tend to increase the dollar higher against other currencies reason that, they create more demand for dollar-denominated investments.

Exports have not risen as quickly as imports as manufacturing of electronics and autos have slowed by shortages of computer chips resulting from pandemic-related disruptions in some countries.

The amount is the biggest since January 2014, when the trade deficit totaled nearly 2.8 trillion yen.

Koya Miyamae, a senior economist at SMBC Nikko Securities, said the trade deficit tends to rise in January because of the New Year’s holidays, which pushes exports down Japan imports almost all its oil and gas.

The prices have soared to more year increases and adding to global concerns about inflation. Tensions in Ukraine amid tension about a Russian invasion have pushed prices still higher.

Japan’s currency and the yen, have weakened against the united states dollar in the Federal Reserve prepares to increase more interest rates to counter inflation.

Increased rates tend to push the dollar higher against other currencies because they create more demand for dollar-denominated investments.

Exports have not been high as quickly as imports as manufacturing of electronics autos have slowed by shortages of computer chips that result from pandemic-related disruptions in some countries.

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