Japan recorded a trade surplus of JPY 248.3 billion in August of 2020 compared to a JPY 152.2 billion deficit a year earlier and expectations of a JPY 37.5 billion deficit. It was the second surplus in five months, as imports declined 20.8 percent to JPY 4.98 trillion and exports dropped 14.8 percent to JPY 5.23 trillion, dragged mainly by purchases of the US and Western Europe.