- The 12.2% rise in exports was the fastest since December 2010, with the weak yen helping to boost sales of cars and electronics. Sales to the U.S. +18.4%, to China +9.5%, to the EU +16.6%.
- "The details are encouraging because you can see that exports to Japan's main markets are bouncing back," says economist Hiroaki Muto.
- The 19.6% jump in imports was the largest gain in three years, due to the weak yen and increasing oil prices.
- The trade deficit of ¥1.02T was the third-largest ever. "This is a pretty big deficit and a negative for Japanese companies that will suffer from rising costs," says Yoshiki Shinke of Dai-ichi Life Research.
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