Japan’s first-half exports jumped 23.2 percent

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21 July 2021 54 Japan’s first-half exports jump 23.2 percent, the strongest in 11 years. The Japanese government said Japan’s exports in the first half of 2021 rose 23.2 percent year-on-year. This was the strongest expansion in 11 years, reflecting the recovery of the global economy. After slowing down in the past due to the spread of COVID-19 Exports for the January-June period rose to 39.86 trillion yen ($363 billion), higher than the pre-epidemic level of 38.25 trillion yen in the first half of 2019. It was at this time that Japanese exports were affected by the US-China trade conflict....