Japan trade deficit balloons as fuel imports surge
February 20, 2012 6:58:21 AM PST
by YURI KAGEYAMA Associated Press
TOKYO - February 20, 2012 --
Japan posted a record high trade deficit in January after its nuclear crisis shut down nearly all the nation's reactors for tougher checks, sending fuel imports surging. Exports were hurt by a strong yen and weak demand.