Top Japanese Imports from the World
In 2017, Japan bought US$671.2 billion worth of imported products down by -19.4% since 2013 but up by 10.6% from 2016 to 2017.
Top 10 Japanese Imports from China

China's exports to Japan amounted to
$164.4 billion or 24.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $46.7 billion
  2. Machinery: $28.5 billion
  3. Knit or crochet clothing: $8.5 billion
  4. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $8.2 billion
  5. Toys, games: $5.1 billion
  6. Plastics: $5 billion
  7. Furniture, lighting, signs: $4.7 billion
  8. Medical, technical equipment: $4.7 billion
  9. Vehicles: $4.3 billion
10. Iron or steel products: $3.6 billion
Top 10 Japanese Imports from the US

America's exports to Japan amounted to
$73.8 billion or 11.0% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $11.5 billion
  2. Medical, technical equipment: $7.4 billion
  3. Electronic equipment: $6.3 billion
  4. Mineral fuels including oil: $6.1 billion
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $4.8 billion
  6. Cereal, milk preparations: $3.5 billion
  7. Aircraft, spacecraft: $3.2 billion
  8. Meat: $3.2 billion
  9. Organic chemicals: $3 billion
10. Plastics: $1.9 billion
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Australia

Australia's exports to Japan amounted to
$39 billion or 5.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $25.7 billion
  2. Ores, slag, ash: $6.4 billion
  3. Meat: $1.8 billion
  4. Aluminum: $820.7 million
  5. Cereal, milk preparations: $506.3 million
  6. Wood: $482.2 million
  7. Dairy, eggs, honey: $361.8 million
  8. Sugar: $354.5 million
  9. Oil seed: $260.1 million
10. Gems, precious metals: $172.2 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from S. Korea

South Korea's exports to Japan amounted to
$28.1 billion or 4.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $4.7 billion
  2. Machinery: $3.7 billion
  3. Mineral fuels including oil: $3.1 billion
  4. Iron and steel: $2.8 billion
  5. Plastics: $1.5 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $1.3 billion
  7. Gems, precious metals: $1.2 billion
  8. Iron or steel products: $811.5 million
  9. Vehicles: $780.6 million
10. Tobacco: $676.3 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Saudi

Saudi Arabia's exports to Japan amounted to
$27.7 billion or 4.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $26.7 billion
  2. Organic chemicals: $361.4 million
  3. Aluminum: $343.2 million
  4. Copper: $135.8 million
  5. Plastics: $118.7 million
  6. Fertilizers: $21 million
  7. Inorganic chemicals: $4.5 million
  8. Lead: $3.8 million
  9. Rubber: $1.9 million
10. Nickel: $1.3 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Taiwan

Taiwan's exports to Japan amounted to
$25.4 billion or 3.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $12.7 billion
  2. Machinery: $2 billion
  3. Plastics: $1.3 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $830.6 million
  5. Iron and steel: $721.7 million
  6. Fish: $564.1 million
  7. Vehicles: $489.7 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $439.5 million
  9. Organic chemicals: $393.4 million
10. Other chemical goods: $381.1 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to Japan amounted to
$23.4 billion or 3.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $6.5 billion
  2. Pharmaceuticals: $4 billion
  3. Machinery: $3.1 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $2.3 billion
  5. Electronic equipment: $1.7 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $1.2 billion
  7. Plastics: $481.7 million
  8. Aircraft, spacecraft: $443.3 million
  9. Other chemical goods: $346 million
10. Inorganic chemicals: $318 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Thailand

Thailand's exports to Japan amounted to
$22.7 billion or 3.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $5.1 billion
  2. Machinery: $3.3 billion
  3. Meat, seafood preparations: $2.1 billion
  4. Plastics: $1.4 billion
  5. Vehicles: $1.1 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $1 billion
  7. Rubber: $974.4 million
  8. Perfumes, cosmetics: $424.9 million
  9. Aluminum: $398.3 million
10. Meat: $397.9 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from the UAE

United Arab Emirates' exports to Japan were
$20.7 billion or 3.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $19.9 billion
  2. Aluminum: $666.2 million
  3. Gems, precious metals: $56.1 million
  4. Copper: $42.9 million
  5. Plastics: $8.8 million
  6. Lead: $6.7 million
  7. Electronic equipment: $6.4 million
  8. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $3.7 million
  9. Machinery: $2.6 million
10. Medical, technical equipment: $2.1 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Indonesia

Indonesia's exports to Japan amounted to
$19.8 billion or 3.0% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $6.6 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $1.5 billion
  3. Rubber: $1 billion
  4. Gems, precious metals: $1 billion
  5. Ores, slag, ash: $949.8 million
  6. Wood: $874.6 million
  7. Machinery: $652.3 million
  8. Nickel: $632.1 million
  9. Vehicles: $537.2 million
10. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $520.2 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Malaysia

Malaysia's exports to Japan amounted to
$19.3 billion or 2.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $6.7 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $5.1 billion
  3. Wood: $867 million
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $737.6 million
  5. Machinery: $728 million
  6. Plastics: $570.6 million
  7. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $438.9 million
  8. Rubber: $342.8 million
  9. Organic chemicals: $276 million
10. Other chemical goods: $240.7 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