Japanese exports rise in February on demand from Asia

Ship washed ashore in Japan
Image caption The earthquake caused major damage to the north-east of Japan, including destroying the port of Sendai

Japanese exports have risen in February bringing its trade balance back into a surplus on increased demand from Asia.

Exports grew by 9% in February from the same month a year earlier, the Ministry of Finance said.

However, analysts now expect Japan's trade balance to deteriorate after a deadly earthquake hit the Fukushima region on 11 March.

Some of Japan's biggest exporters have had to halt production, while many countries have banned imports of food.

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