URGENT: Japan posts record 21.73 tril. yen trade deficit for FY 2022

Japan logged a record trade deficit of 21.73 trillion yen ($160 billion) in fiscal 2022 ended March, as imports swelled far more than exports, the Finance Ministry said Thursday.

Imports jumped 32.2 percent while exports increased 15.5 percent from a year earlier.

For March alone, the nation reported a trade deficit of 754.5 billion yen, the ministry said in its preliminary report.

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