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Japan logged a trade surplus of JPY 615.7 billion with the US in April – up 4.7 percent year-on-year as exports rose 4.3 percent year-on-year in April, faster than a 0.2 percent annual increase in March, according to Reuters.  

The rising trade surplus might make  a potential target for US  President Donald Trump’s protectionist policies.

The overall trade surplus was JPY 626 billion –  up 30.9 percent year-on-year, as exports rose 7.8 percent outpacing the 5.9 percent rise in imports.