Japan today reported a ¥948.5bn ($8.7bn) trade deficit in August, the 26th straight shortfall, as weak demand from China and the US hit exports, the finance ministry said Thursday. Also today the Bank of Japan reported that public/ government debt has topped ¥1,000tn.
The past high value of the currency had spurred offshoring of jobs.
Slower growth in China and continued political tensions with Japan's biggest trading partner, has also been a factor and exports fell 0.2%.
Exports to the US declined by 4.4%
The Bank of Japan reported that the outstanding balance of Japanese government bonds topped ¥1,000tn ($9.2tn) for the first time in June, with the Bank of Japan remaining the biggest holder of sovereign debt.
The total amount of outstanding bonds came to ¥1,013tn at the end of June, up 4.5% from a year earlier, amid growing welfare costs for the government due to the ageing population in the country.
Of the total, the BOJ held 21.2% or ¥215tn worth of bonds, up 43.8% and marking a fresh record high, as the bank has conducted massive asset purchases from financial institutions as part of its aggressive monetary easing to boost the economy.
The gross debt GDP ratio is about 230%.
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