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Japan's November trade deficit shrinks 31.5%; exports stay weak

Value of exports rises 4.9% but volume is down 1.7%; imports fall 1.7% in first downturn in three months


JAPAN's trade deficit in November shrank by nearly a third from a year ago, helped by higher exports and falling oil bills, although the volume of shipments to foreign markets remained weak, official data showed on Wednesday.

The figures come after Japanese Prime Minister