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.
Angling to pre-empt complaints over Japan's perennial trade surplus with the U.S., Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly plans to propose a sweeping economic cooperation initiative meant to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the U.S. when he meets with President Donald Trump later this month.
The Henn na Hotel, opened in 2015 in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, has been certified by Guinness World Records as the first hotel to be staffed by robots.
A tourist woman takes a photo of her friend in front of Karasumori Shinto shrine in Tokyo's Shimbashi business district on Sunday, Jan. 15.
Nintendo unveiled its new Switch game console Friday, which works both at home and on-the-go, as it tries to offset disappointing Wii U sales and compete with Sony's big-selling PlayStation 4.