TOKYO – Japan continued to run a huge automotive trade surplus in calendar 2006 as exports outpaced imports by ¥13.9 trillion ($117.8 billion), down only slightly from 2005's total of ¥14.1 trillion ($119.3 billion). Vehicles, including used car and truck exports, accounted for 82% of the surplus: $96.5 billion. According to recently released statistics from the Japanese Finance Ministry, nearly half of the surplus – ¥6.13 trillion ($52 billion) – was with the U.S. The amount, 20% more ...
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