According to preliminary data from Japan’s Finance Ministry, Japanese exports record a year-on-year drop of 3.8% in December 2018, the most substantial shrinkage since October 2016.
Exports to Asia countries dropped 6.9%, with those to China fell 7%. Meanwhile, exports to Hong Kong fell 17.3%.
– Per FT, the fall in exports to Asia is mostly “driven by falls in exports of chipmaking machinery and communications equipment in the wake of the US-China trade dispute”.
Full data here.