TABLE-Japan's imports and exports in 2010
SINGAPORE, March 16 (Reuters) - Workers were ordered to withdraw briefly from a stricken Japanese nuclear power plant on Wednesday after radiation levels surged, a development that suggested the crisis was spiralling out of control.
Friday's earthquake and tsunami which struck the northeast coast of the island of Honshu may have killed more than 10,000 people and forced hundreds, even thousands of factories to close.
Most economists now believe that the Japanese economy, which had been starting to recover when the earthquake struck, will contract in the second quarter of 2011.
Prices for key tech components such as computer memory chips have spiked due to factory outages at companies including electronics giant Sony Corp , silicon wafter maker Shin-Etsu Chemical and Toshiba , a major supplier of NAND flash memory chips used in mobile devices.
Following is a table of some selected 2010 imports and exports from Japan, the world's third largest economy.
Product (In billions of yen) Exports Imports Coal 2110.70 Computers and units 446.95 1548.03 Construction machines 875.34 Iron and steel products 3675.43 761.76 Manufactures of metals 981.79 761.35 Mechanical handling equip 595.55 1522.58 Motor vehicles 9174.07 595.75 Nonferrous metals 1335.28 1606.18 Petroleum 9405.88 Petroleum products 1592.85 Power generating machinery 2327.48 653.34 Semiconductors etc 4152.83 2136.04 Ships 2242.26 Soy beans 160.58 Foodstuffs 406.12 5199.42 Iron ore & concentrates 1356.58 LNG 3471.85 Machinery 13316.64 4825.71 Manufactured goods 8784.81 5378.60 Raw materials 946.15 4765.88 Source: Japan Ministry of Finance Blanks indicate either zero values or no directly comparable data. (Compiled by Catherine Trevethan and Nick Trevethan; Editing by Ed Lane)
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