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U.S. Services Trade with Japan: 2011–15

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  • U.S. exports increased by 0.3 percent annually to $43.8 billion in 2015
  • U.S. imports increased by 4.5 percent annually to $26.3 billion in 2015

Total services trade between the United States and Japan increased during 2011–2015. U.S. exports of services to Japan grew by $0.6 billion from 2011 to 2015, while U.S. imports rose by $4.2 billion, though growth was uneven across years. The United States reported a services trade surplus with Japan of $17.5 billion in 2015, down from $21.2 billion in 2011. Travel services accounted for the largest category of U.S. services exports to Japan (39 percent), followed by professional services and charges for the use of intellectual property (18 percent and 15 percent respectively), while charges for the use of intellectual property made up the largest category of U.S. imports from Japan (37 percent). For more information on U.S. trade in services, see chapter 1 of Recent Trends in U.S. Services Trade: 2017 Annual Report.