Last year's current account surplus, which shows how much Japan earned from trade and investment with foreign countries, was 10 trillion yen higher than the previous year due to the surge in imports due to soaring energy prices and the weaker yen. decreased more than

According to the balance of payments statistics released by the Ministry of Finance, Japan's current account surplus last year was 11.4432 trillion yen.

The surplus decreased by 10,147.8 billion yen from the previous year, marking the largest decline ever.

Of these, the "trade balance," which shows earnings from trade, saw a record deficit of 15.7808 trillion yen due to a 42% increase in imports from the previous year due to soaring energy prices such as crude oil and record depreciation of the yen. rice field.

On the other hand, the ``primary income balance'', which shows earnings such as dividends and interest received by Japanese companies from overseas subsidiaries, was a surplus of 35.3087 trillion yen.

Against the backdrop of soaring energy and resource prices, the profit of general trading company subsidiaries increased, and the amount of surplus increased by 8,727.3 billion yen from the previous year, reaching a record high.

In addition, the current account surplus in December last year, which was announced at the same time, was 33.4 billion yen, but the amount of surplus decreased by more than 330 billion yen compared to the same month of the previous year.