Top Japanese Imports from the World
In 2018, Japan bought US$748.4 billion worth of imported products declining -7.9% since 2014 but up by 11.4% from 2017 to 2018.
Top 10 Japanese Imports from China

China's exports to Japan amounted to
$173.5 billion or 23.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $48.2 billion
  2. Machinery: $30.7 billion
  3. Knit or crochet clothing: $8.5 billion
  4. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $8.5 billion
  5. Plastics: $5.1 billion
  6. Toys, games: $5 billion
  7. Furniture, lighting, signs: $4.9 billion
  8. Medical, technical equipment: $4.9 billion
  9. Vehicles: $4.5 billion
10. Iron or steel products: $4.1 billion
Top 10 Japanese Imports from the US

America's exports to Japan amounted to
$83.6 billion or 11.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $13.1 billion
  2. Mineral fuels including oil: $9.7 billion
  3. Medical, technical equipment: $7.9 billion
  4. Electronic equipment: $6.3 billion
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $5.5 billion
  6. Aircraft, spacecraft: $4.3 billion
  7. Cereals: $4.3 billion
  8. Meat: $3.4 billion
  9. Organic chemicals: $3.3 billion
10. Plastics: $2 billion
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Australia

Australia's exports to Japan amounted to
$45.7 billion or 6.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $31.5 billion
  2. Ores, slag, ash: $6.4 billion
  3. Meat: $2 billion
  4. Aluminum: $1.2 billion
  5. Cereals: $570.2 million
  6. Wood: $526.1 million
  7. Dairy, eggs, honey: $397.3 million
  8. Nickel: $358.3 million
  9. Oil seed: $297.2 million
10. Sugar: $288 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Saudi

Saudi Arabia's exports to Japan amounted to
$33.8 billion or 4.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $32.6 billion
  2. Organic chemicals: $531.7 million
  3. Aluminum: $243.7 million
  4. Plastics: $193.2 million
  5. Copper: $143.5 million
  6. Ores, slag, ash: $61.8 million
  7. Fertilizers: $12.3 million
  8. Inorganic chemicals: $6.1 million
  9. Lead: $4.7 million
10. Gems, precious metals: $3.3 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from S. Korea

South Korea's exports to Japan amounted to
$32.1 billion or 4.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $5.1 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $5 billion
  3. Machinery: $3.8 billion
  4. Iron and steel: $2.9 billion
  5. Plastics: $1.7 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $1.7 billion
  7. Gems, precious metals: $1.1 billion
  8. Iron or steel products: $893 million
  9. Inorganic chemicals: $871.6 million
10. Tobacco: $837.7 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from the UAE

United Arab Emirates' exports to Japan amounted to $27.6 billion or 3.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $26.6 billion
  2. Aluminum: $761.1 million
  3. Gems, precious metals: $52.4 million
  4. Copper: $42.1 million
  5. Plastics: $22 million
  6. Aircraft, spacecraft: $15 million
  7. Electronic equipment: $6.6 million
  8. Man-made filaments: $2.6 million
  9. Medical, technical equipment: $2.5 million
10. Lead: $1.8 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Taiwan

Taiwan's exports to Japan amounted to
$27.1 billion or 3.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $12.9 billion
  2. Machinery: $2.3 billion
  3. Plastics: $1.7 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $907.8 million
  5. Iron and steel: $818.5 million
  6. Fish: $529.7 million
  7. Vehicles: $479.7 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $473.6 million
  9. Organic chemicals: $469.8 million
10. Other chemical goods: $416.6 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to Japan amounted to
$26 billion or 3.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $7.2 billion
  2. Pharmaceuticals: $4.1 billion
  3. Machinery: $3.5 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $2.6 billion
  5. Electronic equipment: $1.9 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $1.4 billion
  7. Aircraft, spacecraft: $751.4 million
  8. Plastics: $515.8 million
  9. Other chemical goods: $376.1 million
10. Inorganic chemicals: $323.6 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Thailand

Thailand's exports to Japan amounted to
$25.1 billion or 3.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $5.5 billion
  2. Machinery: $3.7 billion
  3. Meat, seafood preparations: $2.3 billion
  4. Plastics: $1.8 billion
  5. Vehicles: $1.5 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $1.2 billion
  7. Rubber: $892.6 million
  8. Aluminum: $457 million
  9. Copper: $442.4 million
10. Perfumes, cosmetics: $428.5 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Indonesia

Indonesia's exports to Japan amounted to
$21.6 billion or 2.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $6.5 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $1.6 billion
  3. Ores, slag, ash: $1.6 billion
  4. Gems, precious metals: $1.4 billion
  5. Wood: $1 billion
  6. Rubber: $909.3 million
  7. Nickel: $805 million
  8. Machinery: $703.3 million
  9. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $563.5 million
10. Vehicles: $562.2 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Vietnam

Vietnam's exports to Japan amounted to
$21.1 billion or 2.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $5 billion
  2. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $2 billion
  3. Knit or crochet clothing: $2 billion
  4. Machinery: $1.3 billion
  5. Footwear: $1.1 billion
  6. Furniture, lighting, signs: $837.3 million
  7. Wood: $795.6 million
  8. Plastics: $784.1 million
  9. Vehicles: $612.4 million
10. Leather, animal gut articles: $588.1 million
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Research Note: 
Import numbers rarely match the source exporters’ stats. Reasons for import-export statistical discrepancies include re-exports, time lags, misallocations, distinct trade reporting systems, different quantity measurements and country confidentiality rules. Also, transportation and insurance costs are sometimes added to import totals.
Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis