Value of Japanese exports

Japan’s exports plunged 45.7% in January compared with a year ago to hit the lowest figure in 10 years, official figures have shown.

Imports exceeded exports by 952.6bn yen ($9.9bn; £6.8bn). It is the largest gap since records began in 1980.

Demand for Japanese cars in particular dropped by 69%.

Trade in electronics and other goods has also slumped as global economies and consumer spending contract, pushing Japan deeper into recession.