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TOKYO (MNI) - Trade statistics from the Ministry of Finance released
* Japan June exports -7.4% on year (the median forecast: -11.6%), the ninth
straight drop after -11.3% in May, led by lower shipments of automobiles, steel
and organic compounds (cosmetics).
* Both the government and the Bank of Japan expect exports to remain flat
for now in light of slower global growth and the yen's rise.
* Economists forecast Japan's economy will show flat growth in the
April-June quarter after sharp fluctuations at an annualized pace of +1.9% in Q1
and -1.8% in Q4 of 2015.
* Imports -18.8% on year (the median forecast: -19.7%), the 18th straight
fall after -13.8% in May due mainly to continued year-on-year drops in oil and