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Japan enjoys 30% jump in intellectual property trade surplus

Tie-ups with European drugmakers boost the intake in the first half

Japan's positive technology balance of payments with Europe nearly doubled in the half ended June thanks to partnerships with drugmakers there. (Photo by Noriyuki Takada)

TOKYO -- Corporate Japan took in 1.5 trillion yen ($13.6 billion) more from use of its intellectual property overseas than it spent for the half-year ended June 30, a 30% jump on the year, driven chiefly by the drug and automobile sectors.

The figure is a record for any half since comparable data came available in 1996.

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