Japan’s Current Account Surplus for May Rises to New Record

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The Finance Ministry in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japan posted ¥2,849.9 billion in current account surplus in May, up 41.8% from a year before and the largest for the month since comparable statistics became available in 1985, Finance Ministry data showed Monday.

The country logged a current account surplus for the 16th straight month, according to the preliminary balance of payments data.

The rosy result came as the primary income account rose 13.0% to ¥4,211.1 billion, the largest for any month, thanks to growth in coupon income from foreign bonds reflecting higher overseas interest rates and a rise in dividend receipts in yen terms due to the weakening of the Japanese currency.

The goods trade deficit decreased to ¥1,108.9 billion from ¥1,199.8 billion a year before.

Exports increased 12.1% to ¥8,132.4 billion, propelled by robust shipments of automobiles and semiconductor-making equipment. Imports rose 9.3% to ¥9,241.3 billion because of higher crude oil prices.

Services trade turned to a surplus of ¥2.3 billion from the year-before deficit of ¥180.3 billion. The turnaround was backed by an increase of visitors to Japan, which resulted in a larger travel account surplus.