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Japan's imports from China down 47.1% in February

Shipments from neighbor fall at fastest pace since July 1987

Japan recorded a trade surplus of $10.34 billion for February. (Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto)

TOKYO (Reuters) -- Japan's imports from China fell at their fastest pace in three decades in February, as the coronavirus ground factory production in Asia's largest economy to a halt and damaged wider demand across the region.

Data released on Wednesday showed Japan's exports slipped 1.0% from a year earlier, the 15th straight month of decline and the longest run since a 23-month stretch to July 1987.

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