|Japan trade deficit jumps|
|Thursday, 21 June 2012 00:00|
It was also well above the 520-billion-yen deficit expected by economists.
The trade figures come as Japan struggles to meet its energy needs, turning to pricey fossil fuel alternatives after its nuclear reactors were switched off in the wake of last year's atomic crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Imports jumped 9,3 percent to 6,14-trillion-yen from a year earlier, largely due to rising purchases of foreign oil and gas.
Exports, meanwhile, rose 10,0 percent to 5,23 trillion yen as shipments of automobiles and auto parts soared. — AFP.