China slowdown crimps Japan's exports, government data show

Published 01-23-2019

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TOKYO (AP) - Japanese government data show the nation's exports fell 3.8 percent in December, compared to a year ago, pushed down by falling exports to China.

Japan's exports to China dipped 7 percent from the same month the previous year, according to Ministry of Finance data released Wednesday.

China's economy has slowed recently, partly as a result of trade friction with the U.S. set off by President Donald Trump's policies.

Earlier this week, China's official data showed its economic growth hit a three-decade low in 2018, with growth slowing to 6.6 percent from 6.9 percent in 2017.

Japan's economy has been export-oriented for decades, making a vibrant U.S., as well as Chinese, economies critical for continued growth.

Japanese imports for December rose 1.9 percent from the same month in 2017.

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