Top Japanese Imports from the World
Japan is the fourth-richest country. In 2016, Japan bought US$607.1 billion worth of imported products down by -31.5% since 2012 and down by -2.9% from 2015 to 2016.
Top 10 Japanese Imports from China

China's exports to Japan amounted to
$156.6 billion or 25.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $44.6 billion
  2. Machinery: $26.5 billion
  3. Knit or crochet clothing: $8.9 billion
  4. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $8.1 billion
  5. Plastics: $4.9 billion
  6. Furniture, lighting, signs: $4.5 billion
  7. Medical, technical equipment: $4.4 billion
  8. Toys, games: $4 billion
  9. Vehicles: $4 billion
10. Iron or steel products: $3.6 billion
Top 10 Japanese Imports from the US

America's exports to Japan amounted to
$69.3 billion or 11.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $10.1 billion
  2. Medical, technical equipment: $7.4 billion
  3. Electronic equipment: $7.1 billion
  4. Pharmaceuticals: $4.9 billion
  5. Aircraft, spacecraft: $4.9 billion
  6. Cereal, milk preparations: $3.2 billion
  7. Meat: $2.9 billion
  8. Organic chemicals: $2.7 billion
  9. Mineral fuels including oil: $2.4 billion
10. Plastics: $1.7 billion
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Australia

Australia's exports to Japan amounted to
$30.4 billion or 5% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $18.8 billion
  2. Ores, slag, ash: $5.4 billion
  3. Meat: $1.7 billion
  4. Aluminum: $661.4 million
  5. Cereal, milk preparations: $441.7 million
  6. Wood: $420.1 million
  7. Dairy, eggs, honey: $314.7 million
  8. Sugar: $312.5 million
  9. Oil seed: $246.3 million
10. Gems, precious metals: $208.9 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from S. Korea

South Korea's exports to Japan amounted to
$25 billion or 4.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $4.3 billion
  2. Machinery: $3.3 billion
  3. Mineral fuels including oil: $2.3 billion
  4. Iron and steel: $2.1 billion
  5. Plastics: $1.3 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $1.2 billion
  7. Gems, precious metals: $1.2 billion
  8. Live trees and plants: $1.1 billion
  9. Vehicles: $808.4 million
10. Iron or steel products: $735.4 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Taiwan

Taiwan's exports to Japan amounted to
$23 billion or 3.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $11.2 billion
  2. Live trees and plants: $1.9 billion
  3. Machinery: $1.7 billion
  4. Plastics: $1.1 billion
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $760.9 million
  6. Iron and steel: $573.6 million
  7. Fish: $523.1 million
  8. Vehicles: $479.3 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $396.9 million
10. Other chemical goods: $361.9 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to Japan amounted to
$22 billion or 3.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $5.8 billion
  2. Pharmaceuticals: $3.8 billion
  3. Machinery: $2.9 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $2.2 billion
  5. Electronic equipment: $1.7 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $1.2 billion
  7. Plastics: $469.7 million
  8. Inorganic chemicals: $360.3 million
  9. Aircraft, spacecraft: $342.8 million
10. Other chemical goods: $335.8 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Thailand

Thailand's exports to Japan amounted to
$20.2 billion or 3.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $3.7 billion
  2. Machinery: $3.1 billion
  3. Meat, seafood preparations: $1.9 billion
  4. Plastics: $1.2 billion
  5. Vehicles: $1.1 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $912.1 million
  7. Rubber: $792.3 million
  8. Perfumes, cosmetics: $416.5 million
  9. Aluminum: $405.2 million
10. Knit or crochet clothing: $348.4 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Saudi

Saudi Arabia's exports to Japan amounted to
$19.6 billion or 3.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $18.9 billion
  2. Organic chemicals: $260.4 million
  3. Aluminum: $194.7 million
  4. Copper: $123 million
  5. Plastics: $86.9 million
  6. Live trees and plants: $16.9 million
  7. Fertilizers: $12 million
  8. Nickel: $4.7 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $2.6 million
10. Inorganic chemicals: $1.8 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Indonesia

Indonesia's exports to Japan amounted to
$18.2 billion or 3% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $5.8 billion
  2. Ores, slag, ash: $1.5 billion
  3. Electronic equipment: $1.3 billion
  4. Wood: $865.9 million
  5. Rubber: $771.9 million
  6. Gems, precious metals: $671.6 million
  7. Machinery: $620.7 million
  8. Nickel: $582.4 million
  9. Vehicles: $498.3 million
10. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $487.1 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from the UAE

United Arab Emirates' exports to Japan amounted to $17.3 billion or 2.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $16.7 billion
  2. Aluminum: $496.7 million
  3. Copper: $40.7 million
  4. Gems, precious metals: $35.4 million
  5. Live trees and plants: $21.6 million
  6. Plastics: $9 million
  7. Electronic equipment: $5.3 million
  8. Lead: $5.2 million
  9. Machinery: $3.3 million
10. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $3.1 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Malaysia

Malaysia's exports to Japan amounted to
$17.3 billion or 2.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $6.1 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $4.2 billion
  3. Wood: $858.6 million
  4. Live trees and plants: $840.6 million
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $664.4 million
  6. Machinery: $655.1 million
  7. Plastics: $528.9 million
  8. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $411.1 million
  9. Rubber: $297.8 million
10. Organic chemicals: $267.1 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