0709 GMT October 21, 2019
Exports of machinery, vehicles and chemicals all declined, AP wrote.
Imports also weakened, at the fastest rate in almost three years, suggesting slack demand inside Japan. Shipments to the US slipped four percent, while those to China sank 12 percent.
Overall, export volumes fell nearly six percent and import volumes also fell by six percent as trade tensions between the US and China and between Japan and South Korea are reverberated across supply chains
A government survey of businesses released Wednesday showed sentiment at its worst since the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami which devastated a swathe of Japan's northeastern coast.