The major exports of Japan are cars, computers and electronic devices. In 2013, the Japanese economy was the fourth largest in the world and ranked as the No. 4 exporter. That year the country’s top 10 exports accounted for 79.6 percent of the entire global shipment value, with goods shipped estimated at $715.2 billion, an increase of 23.2 percent since 2009.Continue Reading
Japan has a highly industrialized economy. In addition to its major products, it exports optical, technical and medical equipment, iron and steel, organic chemicals, plastics and mineral fuels, such as oil. It also manufactures ships, boats and articles made from iron and steel. According to statistics from the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook Database, Japan’s GDP amounted to $4.7 trillion in 2013, and its exports contributed about 15.1 percent of the country’s overall economic output.
Japan's key trade partners include the United States, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Germany. As of 2014, Japan has a surplus in its export/import balance. The major import goods are raw materials, including oil, foodstuffs and wood. China is Japan's main goods supplier, followed by the United States, Australia, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. Indonesia and Arab Emirates are the other most important suppliers.Learn more about East Asia