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Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc. (JFTC)

JFTC publishes “Foreign Trade 2019” 



JFTC publishes “Foreign Trade 2019” 

- Japan’s Total Trade hits record high, amid rising concerns for protectionism. 

High prices of crude oil put trade balance back into deficit after 2 years of surpluses. -


Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc., JFTC (Chairman: Kuniharu Nakamura, Chairman- Sumitomo Corporation) is pleased to announce the new release of “Foreign Trade 2019”, a data book with full coverage of Japan’s foreign trade statistics for the year 2018.


Using latest trade statistics released in January by the Ministry of Finance, “Foreign Trade 2019” features Japan’s foreign trade, by area and by commodity. It is abundant with graphs and charts, and concise comments so readers can quickly grasp the basic trend of Japan’s trade. 

It also comes with a Data section, full of trade related statistics, including exchange rates, commodity prices, Japan’s EPA negotiation status, as well as JFTC’s original outlook for Japan’s Trade Balance and Current Account for FY2019. 


It is handy and convenient for searching and viewing a series of data sets at a glance.


Some of the changes we made this year include;

・Bigger Size for easier reading (A5 to A4)

・Improved graphs/charts

・“Contribution ratio” shown for major trade partners and commodities

・Other additions include;  FTA coverage ratios for major countries, Foreign Direct Investment in Japan (by region and by industry), and 2019 Calendar of Major Political/Economic Events (including many trade related events).


JFTC’s “Foreign Trade 2019” is available for purchase at large book stores and government book centers.


Complimentary copy is available for foreign media in Japan and foreign embassies in Japan. Please contact Research Group for further information.


                   【Foreign Trade 2019 Details】


● Release Date: March 29, 2019

● Language: Japanese and English 

● ISBN: 978-4-931574-27-4

● Price: 500 yen (tax excluded)

● Contents:

-Subtitle:  Japan’s Total Trade hits record high, amid rising concerns for protectionism.

High prices of crude oil put trade balance back into deficit after 2 years of surpluses.


- Main Chapter:  Overview of Trade (Exports; Imports; Total Trade Value and Trade Balance; Foreign Exchange and Trade Index Fluctuations; Quarterly Contribution)

Trade by Major Area and Country (Asia (China, Korea, Taiwan, ASEAN, Thailand, Indonesia, Other Asian countries); USA; EU (Germany, UK); Oceania; Central South America (Brazil, Mexico); Russia; Middle East; Africa)

Trade by Major Commodity (Foodstuff; Wood; Mineral Fuels; Chemicals; Iron & Steel Products; Textile Yarn, Fabrics; Clothing & Accessories; Computers & Units; Parts of Computer; Semiconductors etc.; Audio & Visual Apparatus; Telephony, Telegraphy; Motor Vehicles; Ships and Aircraft; Scientific, Optical Instruments)


-Data Chapter:  Japan's Trade in 2019; Trade Structure; Imports of Petroleum; Foreign Exchange Rate; Fluctuation of International Commodity; Developments in the Japanese Economy; Trade in Technology; Balance of Payments; Outward/Inward Investment breakdown by Area and Industry (2017); Economic Cooperation; Comparisons with Major Countries; Development in Major Issues 2018; Major Political/Economic Events in 2019; Trade Statistics of Major Area/Country; EPAs etc. concluded or under negotiation by Japan; F.Y.2019 Outlook for Japan's Trade Balance and Current Account


● Available for purchase: Large book stores (MARUZEN & JUNKUDO, KINOKUNIYA, Yaesu book center, etc.), government book centers and, etc.


【Inquiries】Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc. (JFTC)

6th Floor, World Trade Center Bldg. 4–1, Hamamatsu-cho 2-chome,Minato-ku, Tokyo 105–6106, Japan

Contact: Research Group (e-mail:

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