Japan's current account surplus shrank in the first half of 2019 compared to a year earlier, due to sluggish exports to Asian countries. because of the trade tensions in the region.
According to a report from Japan's finance ministry, the current account surplus from January to June was down four percent from the previous year to a little under 99 billion U.S. dollars
Japan's trade surplus in goods dropped sharply due to a fall in shipments of semiconductor manufacturing equipment and auto parts to South Korea and China.
Japan's exports fell by five percent and imports fell by one percent.