Top Japanese Imports from the World
In 2019, Japan bought US$720.9 billion worth of imported products up by 15.2% since 2015 and down by -3.7% from 2018 to 2019.
Top 10 Japanese Imports from China

China's exports to Japan amounted to
$169.3 billion or 23.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $46.3 billion
  2. Machinery: $31.8 billion
  3. Knit or crochet clothing: $8.1 billion
  4. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $7.8 billion
  5. Furniture, lighting, signs: $5 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $5 billion
  7. Plastics: $4.9 billion
  8. Toys, games: $4.6 billion
  9. Vehicles: $4.3 billion
10. Iron or steel products: $4.2 billion
Top 10 Japanese Imports from the US

America's exports to Japan amounted to
$81.3 billion or 11.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $10.9 billion
  2. Mineral fuels including oil: $10.1 billion
  3. Medical, technical equipment: $8.1 billion
  4. Electronic equipment: $6.4 billion
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $6 billion
  6. Aircraft, spacecraft: $4.6 billion
  7. Cereals: $3.5 billion
  8. Meat: $3.3 billion
  9. Organic chemicals: $3 billion
10. Vehicles: $2 billion
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Australia

Australia's exports to Japan amounted to
$45.5 billion or 6.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $30.6 billion
  2. Ores, slag, ash: $7.6 billion
  3. Meat: $2 billion
  4. Aluminum: $905.3 million
  5. Wood: $534.8 million
  6. Cereals: $457.1 million
  7. Dairy, eggs, honey: $376.7 million
  8. Sugar: $327.7 million
  9. Nickel: $294.7 million
10. Oil seed: $269.4 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from S. Korea

South Korea's exports to Japan amounted to
$29.6 billion or 4.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $4.1 billion
  2. Mineral fuels including oil: $4 billion
  3. Machinery: $3.6 billion
  4. Iron and steel: $2.9 billion
  5. Plastics: $1.5 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $1.2 billion
  7. Gems, precious metals: $1 billion
  8. Tobacco: $1 billion
  9. Iron or steel products: $934.9 million
10. Inorganic chemicals: $719.7 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Saudi

Saudi Arabia's exports to Japan amounted to
$27.6 billion or 3.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $26.7 billion
  2. Organic chemicals: $307.9 million
  3. Aluminum: $247.2 million
  4. Copper: $160.5 million
  5. Plastics: $139.7 million
  6. Ores, slag, ash: $58.9 million
  7. Fertilizers: $6 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $2 million
  9. Lead: $2 million
10. Felt, yarn, twine, cordage: $1.5 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Taiwan

Taiwan's exports to Japan amounted to
$26.9 billion or 3.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $12.5 billion
  2. Machinery: $2.5 billion
  3. Plastics: $1.6 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $878.4 million
  5. Iron and steel: $773 million
  6. Iron or steel products: $482.1 million
  7. Fish: $472.4 million
  8. Vehicles: $443.1 million
  9. Organic chemicals: $391.6 million
10. Gems, precious metals: $379.3 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from the UAE

United Arab Emirates' exports to Japan amounted to $26.2 billion or 3.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $25.4 billion
  2. Aluminum: $667 million
  3. Gems, precious metals: $84.3 million
  4. Copper: $28.9 million
  5. Plastics: $25.6 million
  6. Electronic equipment: $7.7 million
  7. Man-made filaments: $2.4 million
  8. Toys, games: $1.9 million
  9. Perfumes, cosmetics: $1.5 million
10. Coffee, tea, spices: $1.3 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Thailand

Thailand's exports to Japan amounted to
$25.4 billion or 3.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $5.9 billion
  2. Machinery: $3.7 billion
  3. Meat, seafood preparations: $2.4 billion
  4. Plastics: $1.6 billion
  5. Vehicles: $1.5 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $1.2 billion
  7. Rubber: $892 million
  8. Aluminum: $483 million
  9. Perfumes, cosmetics: $410.7 million
10. Knit or crochet clothing: $391 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to Japan amounted to
$24.9 billion or 3.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $6.5 billion
  2. Pharmaceuticals: $4.6 billion
  3. Machinery: $3.4 billion
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $2.6 billion
  5. Electronic equipment: $1.8 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $1.2 billion
  7. Plastics: $487.3 million
  8. Other chemical goods: $346.8 million
  9. Aircraft, spacecraft: $335.4 million
10. Inorganic chemicals: $274.1 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Vietnam

Vietnam's exports to Japan amounted to
$22.5 billion or 3.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $5.2 billion
  2. Knit or crochet clothing: $2.2 billion
  3. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $2.1 billion
  4. Machinery: $1.4 billion
  5. Footwear: $1.2 billion
  6. Wood: $971.3 million
  7. Furniture, lighting, signs: $945.4 million
  8. Plastics: $882.7 million
  9. Leather, animal gut articles: $641.2 million
10. Vehicles: $581.7 million
Top 10 Japanese Imports from Indonesia

Indonesia's exports to Japan amounted to
$18.1 billion or 2.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $5.2 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $1.7 billion
  3. Rubber: $950.2 million
  4. Wood: $916.1 million
  5. Gems, precious metals: $871.1 million
  6. Machinery: $793.7 million
  7. Nickel: $778.9 million
  8. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $541.9 million
  9. Vehicles: $531.6 million
10. Plastics: $497.1 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

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