China demand boosts Japan, South Korea exports

Japanese exports gained in December for the first time in just over two years, with shipments to China climbing even as the coronavirus pandemic resurged in other key markets, while South Korea’s early trade data showed exports continued to rise in January, as demand for tech products stayed resilient.The value of Japan’s overseas shipments rose 2 per cent compared with a year earlier, snapping a 24-month losing streak that came amid trade wars and the coronavirus, the finance ministry reported…