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Japan's current account surplus down in 1st half on weak exports

Sales of chipmaking equipment to South Korea plunge amid US-China conflict

The Finance Ministry says in a preliminary report that the nation's trade surplus fell 4.2 percent from a year earlier.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's current account surplus decreased from a year earlier in the first half of 2019, hit by sluggish exports to the Asian region amid ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China, government data showed Thursday.

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