Japanese exports fall for a sixth straight month

by Wadsam | December 21, 2012 7:55 am

japanese economy[1]Recent figures show that Japanese exports have fallen for sixth consecutive month, with exports to China declining by 14.5% and to the European Union by 20%.

Sales to China have been hit by a territorial dispute, while continuing debt issues in the European Union have hurt exports to the region’s economies.

Exports are a key drive of Japan’s economic growth and have been hit severely by the sluggish global demand.

There are hopes for the Japanese economy to turnaround in the coming months, as the newly elected prime minister has put forward certain measures to boost growth.

Shinzo Abe, who is set to be the country’s new prime minister, has said that he will implement measures aimed at weakening Japanese currency, the yen,

The yen rose almost 6% against the US dollar between April 2011 and November 2012.

The expensive yen not only makes Japanese goods more expensive to foreign buyers but also hurts their profits when they repatriate their overseas earnings back home.

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