Imports to Japan expanded 41.1 percent year-on-year to an all-time high of JPY 8,463.79 billion in December 2021, compared with market expectations of 42.8 percent. This was the 11th consecutive month of growth in purchases, as domestic demand stayed strong ahead of year-end holidays. Purchases of mineral fuels surged 121.9%, boosted by petroleum (116.6%) and LNG (100.5%); while those of electrical machinery climbed 26.3%, led by semiconductors (70.5%). Also, imports of others rose 10.3%, driven by scientific, optical instruments (15.1%); and those of chemicals went up 44.4%. In addition, there were rises in arrivals of manufactured goods (49%), due to nonferrous metals (37.2%); machinery (5.7%, led by power generating machines (2.1%); raw materials (48.6%), lifted by iron ore and concentrates (67%). In contrast, arrivals of transport equipment fell 6.4%. Imports grew from China (20.5%), Taiwan (55.1%), South Korea (29.5%), the US (39.6%), Germany (14.1%), and Australia (95.7%). source: Ministry of Finance, Japan

Imports YoY in Japan averaged 8.08 percent from 1964 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 106.50 percent in February of 1974 and a record low of -42.70 percent in February of 2009. This page includes a chart with historical data for Japan Imports YoY. Japan Imports YoY - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on January of 2022.

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Japan Imports YoY


Japan Imports YoY
In 2019 imports to Japan dropped 5 percent from the previous year's record high amid global trade tensions. Main imports were: mineral fuels (22 percent of total imports), with petroleum accounting for 10 percent and LNG for 6 percent; electrical machinery (15 percent) on the back of telephony, telegraphy and semiconductors; chemicals (10 percent) due to medical products and organic chemicals; machinery (10 percent) in particular computers and units; foodstuff (9 percent) such as fish and fish preparations and meat and meat preparations; manufactured goods (9 percent) on nonferrous metals; and raw materials (6 percent) mainly ore of nonferrous and iron ore and concentrates. Japan's main import partners were China (23 percent), the EU (12 percent) in particular Germany (3 percent), the US (11 percent), Australia (6 percent), South Korea (4 percent), Saudi Arabia (4 percent), Taiwan (4 percent), the UAE (4 percent) and Thailand (4 percent).
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
41.10 43.80 106.50 -42.70 1964 - 2021 percent Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-12-15 11:50 PM Nov 43.8% 26.7% 40% 42%
2022-01-19 11:50 PM Dec 41.1% 43.8% 42.8% 41%
2022-02-16 11:50 PM Jan 41.1%


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Balance of Trade -582.36 -955.64 JPY Billion Dec/21
Current Account 897.30 1180.10 JPY Billion Nov/21
Exports 7881.43 7367.09 JPY Billion Dec/21
Imports 8463.79 8322.73 JPY Billion Dec/21
Exports YoY 17.50 20.50 percent Dec/22


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Japan Imports Hit Record Peak
Imports to Japan expanded 41.1 percent year-on-year to an all-time high of JPY 8,463.79 billion in December 2021, compared with market expectations of 42.8 percent. This was the 11th consecutive month of growth in purchases, as domestic demand stayed strong ahead of year-end holidays. Purchases of mineral fuels surged 121.9%, boosted by petroleum (116.6%) and LNG (100.5%); while those of electrical machinery climbed 26.3%, led by semiconductors (70.5%). Also, imports of others rose 10.3%, driven by scientific, optical instruments (15.1%); and those of chemicals went up 44.4%. In addition, there were rises in arrivals of manufactured goods (49%), due to nonferrous metals (37.2%); machinery (5.7%, led by power generating machines (2.1%); raw materials (48.6%), lifted by iron ore and concentrates (67%). In contrast, arrivals of transport equipment fell 6.4%. Imports grew from China (20.5%), Taiwan (55.1%), South Korea (29.5%), the US (39.6%), Germany (14.1%), and Australia (95.7%).
2022-01-20
Japan Imports Hit Record in November
Imports to Japan climbed 43.8 percent year-on-year to an all-time high of JPY 8,322 billion in November 2021, beating market expectations of 40 percent, helped by strong domestic demand, higher crude oil prices and the yen's weakness. Purchases of mineral fuels surged 144.1%, boosted by petroleum (129.2%) and LNG (136.1%); while those of electrical machinery gained 9.8%, led by semiconductors (60.7%). Also, imports of others rose 14.5%, driven by clothing & accessories (20.8%); and those of chemicals went up 47.3%. In addition, there were rises in arrivals of manufactured goods (45.9%), due to nonferrous metals (62.8%); machinery (19.2%, led by power generating machines (49.8%); raw materials (49.9%), buoyed by iron ore and concentrates (110.8%); and transport equipment (61.5%). Imports grew from China (17.2%), Taiwan (51.6%), South Korea (32.5%), the US (43.0%), Germany (33.9%), and Australia (123.2%).
2021-12-16
Japan Imports Rise Less than Estimated
Imports to Japan expanded 26.7% yoy to JPY 7,251 billion in October 2021, after a 38.6% jump in September and compared with market expectations of 31.9%. Still, this was the ninth straight month of growth in arrivals, as domestic demand continued to recover in the wake of the pandemic. Purchases of mineral fuels surged 89.6%, lifted by petroleum (81.0%) and LNG (67.6%); while those of electrical machinery gained 11.0%, led by semiconductors (38.4%). Also, imports of others rose 1.3%, driven by clothing & accessories (3.8%); and those of chemicals went up 26.2%, due to medical products (12.7%). In addition, there were rises in arrivals of manufactured goods (31.7%), due to nonferrous metals (73.7%); raw materials (54.7%), buoyed by ore of nonferrous (34.2%); machinery (0.6%, led by power generating machines (2.9%); and transport equipment (31.5%). Imports rose from China (11.4%), Taiwan (32.3%), South Korea (35.5%), the US (18.5%), Germany (2.9%), and Australia (90.5%).
2021-11-17

Japan Imports by Country Last Previous
China 1896874.00 1979270.00 JPY Million Dec/21
United States 819832.00 855752.00 JPY Million Dec/21
European Union 816904.00 884893.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Australia 705014.00 641980.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Taiwan 368925.00 356450.00 JPY Million Dec/21
South Korea 343263.00 332260.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Thailand 256275.00 258260.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Germany 236070.00 236912.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Malaysia 235294.00 223390.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Indonesia 231086.00 196461.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Russia 191841.00 207463.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Italy 124607.00 125376.00 JPY Million Dec/21
France 120604.00 168756.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Philippines 104545.00 114622.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Singapore 91838.00 83016.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Switzerland 78084.00 88135.00 JPY Million Dec/21
India 67900.00 69709.00 JPY Million Dec/21
United Kingdom 64688.00 65055.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Spain 43151.00 49101.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Netherlands 28519.00 25930.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Sweden 27480.00 34746.00 JPY Million Dec/21
New Zealand 24936.00 27915.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Belgium 22161.00 25751.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Denmark 21724.00 21770.00 JPY Million Nov/21
Hong Kong 11859.00 9340.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Pakistan 2353.00 1643.00 JPY Million Nov/21
Japan Imports by Category Last Previous
Machinery & Transport Equipment 2374526.31 2055686.90 JPY Million Nov/21
Mineral Fuels 2200023.00 1930815.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Petroleum & Petroleum Products 1128499.00 952675.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Industrial Chemicals 894455.00 789326.00 JPY Million Nov/21
Miscellaneous Manufacturers Articles 874773.23 818479.67 JPY Million Nov/21
Petroleum 867463.00 720536.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Chemicals 853163.00 923343.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Foodstuff 717822.00 687642.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Raw Materials 649590.00 617396.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Food & Live Animals 608491.80 553798.51 JPY Million Nov/21
Liquefied Natural Gas 597083.00 495532.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Crude Materials, Inedible, Except Fuels 593226.54 617390.33 JPY Million Nov/21
Gas,natural & Manufactured 582030.12 383740.38 JPY Million Nov/21
Metalliferous Ores & Metal Scrap 421729.69 460296.56 JPY Million Nov/21
Coal, Coke & Briquettes 396013.60 306401.11 JPY Million Nov/21
Coal 375951.00 377518.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Medical & Pharmaceutical Product 326870.00 362095.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Medical & Pharmaceutical Products 326870.00 362095.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Telephony Telegraphy 326148.00 297032.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Non-ferrous Metals 308613.00 249498.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Integrated Circuits 297181.00 280433.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Chemical Compounds & Elements 294979.11 237067.50 JPY Million Nov/21
Transport Equipment 278556.00 359664.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Petroleum Product 261036.00 232139.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Office Equipment 255481.89 226023.67 JPY Million Nov/21
Miscellaneous Manufactured Articles 232641.13 200822.55 JPY Million Nov/21
Commom Coal N.e.s 223034.45 182398.13 JPY Million Nov/21
Clothing & Accessories 217445.00 259461.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Computer & Units 211014.00 201298.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Precision Instruments & Apparatus 198362.29 187889.17 JPY Million Nov/21
Iron Ore & Concentrates 194879.00 202761.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Petroleum Spirits 178109.00 171875.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Fish & Fish Preparations 175577.00 165805.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Scientific & Optical Instruments 169079.00 168854.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Nonferrous Metal Ores 168174.00 137013.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Organic Chemicals 167405.00 194607.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Meat & Meat Preparations 148212.00 138880.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Audio & Visual Apparatus,parts Thereof 133579.00 126987.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Motor Vehicles 121979.00 123190.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Metal Products 120746.00 127109.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Iron & Steel Products 120389.00 117800.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Re Imports Ofof Goods 118860.85 108897.28 JPY Million Nov/21
Plastic Materials 105570.46 101244.10 JPY Million Nov/21
Clothing 100593.27 107733.85 JPY Million Nov/21
Inorganic Chemicals 95528.64 77482.13 JPY Million Nov/21
Cereals & Cereal Preparations 94324.00 85481.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Fruit & Vegetables 92953.00 91950.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Chemical Materials & Products, Nes 91120.90 83117.70 JPY Million Nov/21
Textile Yarn,fabrics,make Up Articles 87816.00 97412.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Liquefied Petroleum Gas 85891.00 86600.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Alminium & Alminium Alloys 85569.65 81921.57 JPY Million Nov/21
Power Generating Machinery 85033.00 110723.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Beverages & Tobacco 79182.39 60156.53 JPY Million Nov/21
Furniture 73942.00 78482.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Wood & Cork Manufactures 72022.00 77592.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Electric Power Machinery 69406.00 73666.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Sweaters 61354.33 68125.14 JPY Million Nov/21
Non-metallic Mineral Products 57780.00 62459.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Wood, Lumber & Cork 56614.57 46463.13 JPY Million Nov/21
Women S, Girl S & Infant S Dresses 52333.39 56903.78 JPY Million Nov/21
Aircrafts 51920.00 129910.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Vegetables 51217.00 48396.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Bags 49271.00 53171.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Wood 46037.00 47815.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Men S & Boy S Outer Garments 44948.63 47890.08 JPY Million Nov/21
Maize 44021.70 41670.67 JPY Million Nov/21
Parts of Computer 42504.00 47266.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Fruits 41736.00 43554.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Feeding-stuff For Animals 38671.38 36527.79 JPY Million Nov/21
Footwear 38168.35 34701.16 JPY Million Nov/21
Seeds, Oil Nuts & Oil Kernels 36773.18 35693.71 JPY Million Nov/21
Switches, Relays & Fuses 36080.90 31224.85 JPY Million Nov/21
Coffee,tea,cocoa and Spices 34738.43 30666.51 JPY Million Nov/21
Beverages 31949.06 29421.05 JPY Million Nov/21
Video Tape Recorders & The Like 31563.65 24764.34 JPY Million Nov/21
Paper & Paper Products 29803.23 25993.21 JPY Million Nov/21
Maize (feeding) 29317.26 28269.33 JPY Million Nov/21
Knitted Undergarments 28342.44 25337.70 JPY Million Nov/21
Synthetic Resins 26663.60 26708.67 JPY Million Nov/21
Rubber Manufactured 25426.60 23382.64 JPY Million Nov/21
Animal & Vegetable Oils & Fats 24188.94 19531.09 JPY Million Nov/21
Electric Motors & Generators 23755.97 17789.29 JPY Million Nov/21
Soy Beans 23389.00 22242.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Wheat & Meslin Unmilled 18807.32 17394.51 JPY Million Nov/21
Miscellaneous Food Preparations 17902.81 16987.77 JPY Million Nov/21
Fixed Vegetable Oils & Fats 17573.73 13092.81 JPY Million Nov/21
Crude Fertilizers & Crude Minerals 17152.68 15432.37 JPY Million Nov/21
Copper & Copper Alloys 16792.49 15445.98 JPY Million Nov/21
Crude Rubber 15829.85 16018.36 JPY Million Nov/21
Dairy Products & Eggs 15607.26 16923.89 JPY Million Nov/21
Pulp, Waste & Scrap of Paper 14766.26 14070.12 JPY Million Nov/21
Dyeing, Tanning & Colouring Materials 14734.54 13668.09 JPY Million Nov/21
Pulp 14683.01 13950.81 JPY Million Nov/21
Connecting Components 13365.00 13412.00 JPY Million Oct/21
Clothing Accessories & Apparel 13347.28 11925.60 JPY Million Nov/21
Sugar,sugar Preparations and Honey 12523.21 9249.37 JPY Million Nov/21
Polyethylene 10747.54 9616.81 JPY Million Nov/21
Textile Yarn & Thread 10216.15 8950.89 JPY Million Nov/21
Fertilizers 8541.39 12946.76 JPY Million Nov/21
Floor Coverings 7476.75 7304.33 JPY Million Nov/21
Socks & Stockings 7328.35 7299.22 JPY Million Nov/21
Live Animals 6900.44 3438.82 JPY Million Nov/21
Synthetic Fibres, Yarn & Thread 6341.19 5774.09 JPY Million Nov/21
Textile Fibres & Their Waste 5589.28 5438.79 JPY Million Nov/21
Processed Oils & Fats,and Waxes 5221.81 5065.65 JPY Million Nov/21
Polyvinyl Chloride Resins 3925.69 3399.16 JPY Million Nov/21
Woven Synthetic Fibres 3841.18 3401.50 JPY Million Nov/21
Rubber Materials 3143.72 2634.67 JPY Million Nov/21
Office & Stationery Supplies 3082.02 2691.37 JPY Million Nov/21
Non Monetary Gold 2231.80 4134.59 JPY Million Nov/21
Silicones 1968.17 1864.55 JPY Million Nov/21
Pens, Pencils & Fountainpens 1936.43 1648.83 JPY Million Nov/21
Undergarments 1886.92 1964.33 JPY Million Nov/21
Animal Oils & Fats 1393.40 1372.63 JPY Million Nov/21
Ships & Boats 1340.48 5651.67 JPY Million Nov/21
Mineral, Tar & Crude Chemicals 1158.38 2029.94 JPY Million Nov/21
Knitted Or Crocheted Fabrics 1119.52 961.10 JPY Million Nov/21
Polystyrene 897.56 789.46 JPY Million Nov/21
Explosive & Pyrotechnic Products 855.03 1026.84 JPY Million Nov/21
Hides, Skins, & Fur Skins,undressed 761.14 986.16 JPY Million Nov/21
Radioactive Chemical Elements 696.31 928.91 JPY Million Nov/21
Woolen & Woven Fabrics 622.47 564.00 JPY Million Nov/21
Cameras & Parts 402.62 270.44 JPY Million Nov/21
Silk Yarn & Thread 374.89 441.05 JPY Million Nov/21
Silk Woven Fabric 340.61 306.60 JPY Million Nov/21
Crude Benzene 118.43 229.57 JPY Million Nov/21
Aircrafts from Russia 1.00 0.00 JPY Million Dec/21
Crude Xylene 0.84 0.64 JPY Million Jul/21

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