Japan's exports have fallen for a 10th straight month amid weak demand in China, South Korea and other Asian markets.
The data for September reported Monday showed a deepening impact from trade tensions between the U.S. and China and between Japan and neighboring South Korea.
The Finance Ministry said the trade deficit in September totaled $1.1 billion, a third consecutive month of red ink.
Exports fell 5.2% from the same month in 2018, with slower shipments of machinery and auto parts. Imports dropped 1.5%.
Exports to the U.S. dropped nearly 8% from a year earlier while imports from the U.S. declined 12%. The trade surplus with America fell 3.5% to 564.1 billion yen ($5.2 billion).
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