Imports to Japan soared 48.9% yoy to a fresh record peak of JPY 9,636.7 billion in May 2022, above market estimates of a 43.6% increase and after a 28.3% gain in April. This was the 14th straight month of double-digit growth and the fastest rise since May 1980, amid strong domestic demand, surging commodity prices and the weak yen. Purchases of mineral fuels surged 147.8%, boosted by petroleum (147.2%) and LNG (154.7%); and those of electrical machinery climbed 36.0%, led by semiconductors (70.7%). Also, imports grew for others (32.8%); chemicals (25.4%); manufactured goods (31.0%), led by nonferrous metals(17.5%); raw materials (45.1%), linked to ore of nonferrous (75.7%); and machinery (21.7%), driven by computers (5.0%). In contrast, arrivals of transport equipment fell 14.3%. Import grew from China (25.8%), the US (24.2%), Taiwan (55.6%), South Korea (44.5%), Indonesia (101.8%), Germany (14.2%), and Australia (137.3%); while fell from Hong Kong (-10.6%). source: Ministry of Finance, Japan

Imports YoY in Japan averaged 8.28 percent from 1964 until 2022, reaching an all time high of 106.50 percent in February of 1974 and a record low of -42.70 percent in February of 2009. This page includes a chart with historical data for Japan Imports YoY. Japan Imports YoY - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2022.

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Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Balance of Trade -2384.70 -842.80 JPY Billion May 2022
Current Account 501.10 2549.30 JPY Billion Apr 2022
Exports 7252.07 8076.24 JPY Billion May 2022
Imports 9636.74 8915.41 JPY Billion May 2022
Exports YoY 15.80 12.50 percent May 2022

Japan Imports YoY
In 2019 imports to Japan dropped 5 percent from the previous year's record high amid global trade tensions. Main imports were: mineral fuels (22 percent of total imports), with petroleum accounting for 10 percent and LNG for 6 percent; electrical machinery (15 percent) on the back of telephony, telegraphy and semiconductors; chemicals (10 percent) due to medical products and organic chemicals; machinery (10 percent) in particular computers and units; foodstuff (9 percent) such as fish and fish preparations and meat and meat preparations; manufactured goods (9 percent) on nonferrous metals; and raw materials (6 percent) mainly ore of nonferrous and iron ore and concentrates. Japan's main import partners were China (23 percent), the EU (12 percent) in particular Germany (3 percent), the US (11 percent), Australia (6 percent), South Korea (4 percent), Saudi Arabia (4 percent), Taiwan (4 percent), the UAE (4 percent) and Thailand (4 percent).
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
48.90 28.30 106.50 -42.70 1964 - 2022 percent Monthly
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Japan Imports Hit Another Record High
Imports to Japan soared 48.9% yoy to a fresh record peak of JPY 9,636.7 billion in May 2022, above market estimates of a 43.6% increase and after a 28.3% gain in April. This was the 14th straight month of double-digit growth and the fastest rise since May 1980, amid strong domestic demand, surging commodity prices and the weak yen. Purchases of mineral fuels surged 147.8%, boosted by petroleum (147.2%) and LNG (154.7%); and those of electrical machinery climbed 36.0%, led by semiconductors (70.7%). Also, imports grew for others (32.8%); chemicals (25.4%); manufactured goods (31.0%), led by nonferrous metals(17.5%); raw materials (45.1%), linked to ore of nonferrous (75.7%); and machinery (21.7%), driven by computers (5.0%). In contrast, arrivals of transport equipment fell 14.3%. Import grew from China (25.8%), the US (24.2%), Taiwan (55.6%), South Korea (44.5%), Indonesia (101.8%), Germany (14.2%), and Australia (137.3%); while fell from Hong Kong (-10.6%).
2022-06-16
Japan Imports Hit Fresh High
Imports to Japan rose by 28.2% yoy to a new record peak of JPY 8,915.4 billion in April 2022, compared with market estimates of a 35.0% jump and after a 31.2% growth in March. This was the 13th straight month of double-digit growth, amid sustained domestic demand, soaring commodity prices and as a weak yen has been raising costs both for consumers and businesses. Purchases of mineral fuels surged 108.9%, boosted by petroleum (99.3%) and LNG (151.6%); while those of electrical machinery rose 7.3%, led by semiconductors (35.6%). Also, imports grew for chemicals (26.5%); manufactured goods (11%), led by nonferrous metals(16.9%); machinery (8.4%), driven by computers (4%); and raw materials (12.3%), due to ore of nonferrous (26.8%). In contrast, arrivals of transport equipment fell 5.2%. Import grew from the US (15.3%), Taiwan (24.9%), South Korea (12.3%), Indonesia (95.9%), Germany (25.5%), and Australia (90.6%). By contrast, purchases from China fell 5.5%, the most since September 2020.
2022-05-19
Japan Imports Extend Double Digit Growth
Imports to Japan expanded 31.2% yoy to a record of JPY 8,873.3 billion in March 2022, above estimates of 28.9% growth and after a 34.1% jump a month earlier. This was the 12th straight month of double-digit growth in purchases, amid strong domestic demand, soaring commodity prices and as a weaker yen has been raising costs both for consumers and businesses. Arrivals of mineral fuels surged 80.5%, boosted by petroleum (69.7%) and LNG (89.2%); while those of electrical machinery gained 15.6%, led by semiconductors (50.4%). Also, imports of chemicals soared 42.2%; purchases of manufactured goods climbed 30%, led by nonferrous metals(71.3%); machinery went up 5.3%, led by computers and units (4%); raw materials rose 16.6%, due to ore of nonferrous (24.8%); and arrivals of transport equipment increased 4.3%. Import grew from China (19%), Taiwan (43.2%), South Korea (23.9%), the US (18.4%), Germany (13%), and Australia (86.3%); while fell from Hong Kong (-12.1%).
2022-04-20

Japan Imports by Country Last Previous
China 1997490.00 1657387.00 JPY Million May/22
Australia 971158.00 726978.00 JPY Million May/22
European Union 959932.00 991447.00 JPY Million May/22
United States 926843.00 853918.00 JPY Million May/22
Taiwan 421296.00 403362.00 JPY Million May/22
South Korea 392503.00 331136.00 JPY Million May/22
Indonesia 296993.00 330201.00 JPY Million May/22
Thailand 289741.00 261242.00 JPY Million May/22
Malaysia 260827.00 251065.00 JPY Million May/22
Germany 255292.00 255026.00 JPY Million May/22
Russia 173299.00 187086.00 JPY Million May/22
Italy 138258.00 136644.00 JPY Million May/22
Philippines 120116.00 112145.00 JPY Million May/22
France 112070.00 117105.00 JPY Million May/22
Singapore 109190.00 106284.00 JPY Million May/22
Spain 90474.00 93897.00 JPY Million May/22
Switzerland 84767.00 81332.00 JPY Million May/22
India 72943.00 68785.00 JPY Million May/22
United Kingdom 70168.00 72454.00 JPY Million May/22
New Zealand 46207.00 34202.00 JPY Million May/22
Sweden 39672.00 40859.00 JPY Million May/22
Netherlands 28613.00 44862.00 JPY Million May/22
Denmark 26540.00 24985.00 JPY Million Apr/22
Belgium 22289.00 80805.00 JPY Million May/22
Hong Kong 8898.00 9027.00 JPY Million May/22
Pakistan 2452.00 2289.00 JPY Million May/22
Japan Imports by Category Last Previous
Mineral Fuels 2629856.00 2527548.00 JPY Million May/22
Machinery & Transport Equipment 2403614.32 2181943.19 JPY Million May/22
Petroleum & Petroleum Products 1302806.00 1409969.00 JPY Million May/22
Chemicals 1071475.00 999787.00 JPY Million May/22
Petroleum 1066791.00 1177368.00 JPY Million May/22
Industrial Chemicals 968812.00 1119640.00 JPY Million Apr/22
Miscellaneous Manufacturers Articles 930853.29 812709.01 JPY Million May/22
Raw Materials 789342.00 672346.00 JPY Million May/22
Foodstuff 769803.00 814678.00 JPY Million May/22
Crude Materials, Inedible, Except Fuels 758076.06 648558.36 JPY Million May/22
Food & Live Animals 678021.29 738830.79 JPY Million May/22
Gas,natural & Manufactured 645273.49 679678.45 JPY Million Apr/22
Coal, Coke & Briquettes 619023.51 472814.92 JPY Million May/22
Coal 609459.00 461459.00 JPY Million May/22
Liquefied Natural Gas 601404.00 557279.00 JPY Million May/22
Metalliferous Ores & Metal Scrap 457082.50 395041.05 JPY Million Apr/22
Medical & Pharmaceutical Product 407321.00 435621.00 JPY Million May/22
Medical & Pharmaceutical Products 407321.00 435621.00 JPY Million May/22
Integrated Circuits 354019.00 315224.00 JPY Million May/22
Non-ferrous Metals 309969.00 279436.00 JPY Million May/22
Telephony Telegraphy 305184.00 260043.00 JPY Million May/22
Chemical Compounds & Elements 301418.43 288090.95 JPY Million Apr/22
Nonferrous Metal Ores 273045.00 211503.00 JPY Million May/22
Commom Coal N.e.s 253164.71 253775.13 JPY Million Apr/22
Office Equipment 248621.76 253688.21 JPY Million May/22
Clothing & Accessories 247835.00 224584.00 JPY Million May/22
Transport Equipment 239964.00 271606.00 JPY Million May/22
Petroleum Product 236015.00 232601.00 JPY Million May/22
Organic Chemicals 218678.00 196112.00 JPY Million May/22
Miscellaneous Manufactured Articles 212952.28 238239.90 JPY Million Apr/22
Computer & Units 197635.00 208232.00 JPY Million May/22
Petroleum Spirits 195980.00 186616.00 JPY Million May/22
Precision Instruments & Apparatus 192293.66 207572.34 JPY Million Apr/22
Scientific & Optical Instruments 188324.00 162010.00 JPY Million May/22
Iron Ore & Concentrates 155831.00 148464.00 JPY Million May/22
Meat & Meat Preparations 150557.00 185104.00 JPY Million May/22
Fish & Fish Preparations 146306.00 180901.00 JPY Million May/22
Metal Products 140577.00 115438.00 JPY Million May/22
Audio & Visual Apparatus,parts Thereof 127262.00 105115.00 JPY Million May/22
Fruit & Vegetables 124278.00 124310.00 JPY Million May/22
Re Imports Ofof Goods 119749.14 139096.55 JPY Million Apr/22
Iron & Steel Products 119142.00 107825.00 JPY Million May/22
Power Generating Machinery 115158.00 93778.00 JPY Million May/22
Plastic Materials 113323.96 119114.38 JPY Million Apr/22
Textile Yarn,fabrics,make Up Articles 110045.00 89153.00 JPY Million May/22
Alminium & Alminium Alloys 109397.72 91785.07 JPY Million May/22
Cereals & Cereal Preparations 109239.00 102002.00 JPY Million May/22
Liquefied Petroleum Gas 106915.00 88009.00 JPY Million May/22
Inorganic Chemicals 99747.43 96603.72 JPY Million Apr/22
Clothing 95128.27 112466.68 JPY Million Apr/22
Wood & Cork Manufactures 92665.00 79674.00 JPY Million May/22
Beverages & Tobacco 91849.29 76012.18 JPY Million May/22
Motor Vehicles 90756.00 133095.00 JPY Million May/22
Furniture 85434.00 75635.00 JPY Million May/22
Electric Power Machinery 82842.00 67336.00 JPY Million May/22
Chemical Materials & Products, Nes 77797.76 87280.55 JPY Million Apr/22
Wood, Lumber & Cork 67270.52 52661.29 JPY Million May/22
Non-metallic Mineral Products 65471.00 57492.00 JPY Million May/22
Fruits 64270.00 62411.00 JPY Million May/22
Vegetables 60008.00 61899.00 JPY Million May/22
Bags 58815.00 50216.00 JPY Million May/22
Maize 54995.01 65703.92 JPY Million Apr/22
Wood 54870.00 42931.00 JPY Million May/22
Women S, Girl S & Infant S Dresses 52615.38 63520.19 JPY Million Apr/22
Feeding-stuff For Animals 52367.65 50214.22 JPY Million Apr/22
Seeds, Oil Nuts & Oil Kernels 47913.97 53343.55 JPY Million Apr/22
Footwear 44971.48 48277.01 JPY Million Apr/22
Parts of Computer 44053.00 39632.00 JPY Million May/22
Maize (feeding) 39469.01 39827.69 JPY Million May/22
Aircrafts 39300.00 41744.00 JPY Million May/22
Coffee,tea,cocoa and Spices 39288.09 39166.84 JPY Million Apr/22
Men S & Boy S Outer Garments 38719.59 44158.86 JPY Million Apr/22
Knitted Undergarments 38478.25 43395.96 JPY Million Apr/22
Beverages 35580.32 30568.40 JPY Million May/22
Switches, Relays & Fuses 33926.73 36807.88 JPY Million Apr/22
Animal & Vegetable Oils & Fats 31197.15 23832.15 JPY Million May/22
Synthetic Resins 31013.00 31009.31 JPY Million Apr/22
Paper & Paper Products 30216.96 28113.80 JPY Million May/22
Video Tape Recorders & The Like 29482.96 24459.14 JPY Million May/22
Rubber Manufactured 29398.03 23663.19 JPY Million May/22
Soy Beans 29296.00 27260.00 JPY Million May/22
Crude Rubber 25048.55 21765.28 JPY Million May/22
Electric Motors & Generators 22152.25 30159.14 JPY Million Apr/22
Sweaters 21123.93 28261.42 JPY Million Apr/22
Wheat & Meslin Unmilled 19872.73 20951.61 JPY Million May/22
Crude Fertilizers & Crude Minerals 19736.19 15597.50 JPY Million Apr/22
Fertilizers 19272.52 9545.12 JPY Million May/22
Miscellaneous Food Preparations 18778.06 21518.17 JPY Million Apr/22
Dairy Products & Eggs 18012.46 19604.21 JPY Million May/22
Pulp, Waste & Scrap of Paper 17441.40 17753.45 JPY Million May/22
Pulp 17353.36 17714.68 JPY Million May/22
Copper & Copper Alloys 16982.62 20810.12 JPY Million Apr/22
Fixed Vegetable Oils & Fats 15648.89 17175.33 JPY Million Apr/22
Connecting Components 15417.00 13025.00 JPY Million Mar/22
Dyeing, Tanning & Colouring Materials 14231.70 15821.90 JPY Million Apr/22
Clothing Accessories & Apparel 12682.70 12252.71 JPY Million Apr/22
Sugar,sugar Preparations and Honey 12603.14 9283.49 JPY Million Apr/22
Polyethylene 12244.20 12675.20 JPY Million Apr/22
Textile Yarn & Thread 11663.43 11754.04 JPY Million Apr/22
Synthetic Fibres, Yarn & Thread 6967.58 6906.45 JPY Million Apr/22
Textile Fibres & Their Waste 6632.10 7712.90 JPY Million Apr/22
Processed Oils & Fats,and Waxes 6601.55 6849.42 JPY Million Apr/22
Socks & Stockings 5185.60 7384.03 JPY Million Apr/22
Floor Coverings 5168.20 6234.84 JPY Million Apr/22
Woven Synthetic Fibres 3576.76 3987.20 JPY Million Apr/22
Polyvinyl Chloride Resins 3427.87 4309.40 JPY Million Apr/22
Rubber Materials 2855.76 3217.58 JPY Million Apr/22
Live Animals 2806.76 3694.48 JPY Million May/22
Undergarments 2786.16 3652.57 JPY Million Apr/22
Office & Stationery Supplies 2687.04 3145.83 JPY Million Apr/22
Non Monetary Gold 2534.16 3136.66 JPY Million Apr/22
Mineral, Tar & Crude Chemicals 2067.50 1869.66 JPY Million Apr/22
Ships & Boats 1935.74 3249.17 JPY Million Apr/22
Silicones 1923.76 2538.68 JPY Million Apr/22
Animal Oils & Fats 1581.71 1308.70 JPY Million Apr/22
Pens, Pencils & Fountainpens 1531.88 1900.73 JPY Million Apr/22
Radioactive Chemical Elements 1308.45 841.08 JPY Million Apr/22
Knitted Or Crocheted Fabrics 1185.55 1168.95 JPY Million Apr/22
Cameras & Parts 1118.71 360.14 JPY Million Apr/22
Explosive & Pyrotechnic Products 1004.21 1071.78 JPY Million Apr/22
Woolen & Woven Fabrics 884.75 565.70 JPY Million Apr/22
Polystyrene 759.36 981.92 JPY Million Apr/22
Hides, Skins, & Fur Skins,undressed 575.66 935.89 JPY Million Apr/22
Silk Yarn & Thread 409.24 538.16 JPY Million Apr/22
Silk Woven Fabric 269.86 268.31 JPY Million Apr/22
Crude Benzene 159.36 118.43 JPY Million Dec/21
Crude Xylene 0.84 0.64 JPY Million Jul/21

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