Japan's exports rose at a faster-than-expected 12 percent pace in March, while imports jumped nearly 16 percent from a year earlier, the government said Thursday.
One of the focal points of the Japan-U.S. economic dialogue -- of which the first meeting will be held Tuesday -- is whether both governments can affirm a cooperative relationship in the fields of infrastructure and energy.
Toyota is introducing a wearable robotic leg brace designed to help partially paralyzed people walk.
Encouraged by stronger export orders, Japanese manufacturers are feeling a bit more upbeat than they were late last year, according to a quarterly survey by the Bank of Japan released Monday.
Japan logged its biggest monthly trade surplus since 2010 in February, as exports to China surged by 28 percent from a year earlier.
Revised data show Japan's economy expanded at a slower than hoped for 1.2 percent annual pace in the last quarter of 2016.
Japan's factory output unexpectedly slipped 0.8 percent in January, the first fall in six months and the latest red flag for the world's No. 3 economy, official data showed Tuesday.
Japan logged its first trade deficit in five months in January, official data showed Monday, as higher energy prices overwhelmed slower growth in exports due to the lunar new year.
Japan's economy expanded 1.0 percent in 2016 as a bump in exports and capital investment offset weak spending at home, data showed Monday, although it was unlikely to erase concerns about Tokyo's faltering war on deflation.
Japan says its current account surplus hit a 9-year high in 2016, helped by lower costs for imported oil and improved exports.