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     TOKYO (MNI) - The following are the MNI economist survey median forecasts
for key Japanese data due in this week week.
Date           JST/GMT               Data  Month  Median     Unit  Previous
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Wed, Sep 19  0850/2350            Exports    Aug     5.7    % y/y       3.9
Wed, Sep 19  0850/2350            Imports    Aug    15.8    % y/y      14.6
Wed, Sep 19  0850/2350      Trade Balance    Aug  -531.0  bln yen    -231.9
Fri, Sep 21  0830/2330  National Core CPI    Aug     0.9    % y/y       0.8
Trade Statistics Forecasts
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                                        Exports  Imports  Trade Balance
                                          y/y %    y/y %      (bln yen)
Median Forecast                             5.7     15.8         -531.0
High Forecast                               7.5     17.6         -320.5
Low Forecast                                3.4     12.9         -673.0
Previous Month                              3.9     14.6         -231.9
Standard Deviation                          1.1      1.6          117.2
No. of Responses                             12       12             13
                                        Exports  Imports  Trade Balance
                                          y/y %    y/y %      (bln yen)
BNP Paribas                                  na       na         -672.1
Norinchukin Research Institute              7.5     17.0         -483.2
NLI Research Institute                      7.0     15.2         -403.0
Mizuho Research Institute                   6.8     16.1         -468.7
SMBC Nikko Securities                       6.1     12.9         -320.5
Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting      5.9     17.6         -620.0
Japan Research Institute                    5.7     14.2         -422.7
Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management            5.6     17.3         -620.0
Dai-ichi Life Research Institute            5.5     13.2         -373.9
Hamagin Research Institute                  5.2     15.5         -531.0
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities              5.1     16.3         -590.0
Nomura Securities                           4.7     17.3         -673.0
Daiwa Institute of Research                 3.4     14.5         -590.0
Consumer Price Index (Excluding Fresh Food)
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                                             National % y/y
Median Forecast                                         0.9
High Forecast                                           1.0
Low Forecast                                            0.9
Previous Month                                          0.8
Standard Deviation                                      0.0
No. of Responses                                         13
                                             National % y/y
Hamagin Research Institute                              1.0
Japan Research Institute                                1.0
Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting                  1.0
BNP Paribas                                             0.9
Dai-ichi Life Research Institute                        0.9
Daiwa Institute of Research                             0.9
Mizuho Research Institute                               0.9
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities                          0.9
NLI Research Institute                                  0.9
Nomura Securities                                       0.9
Norinchukin Research Institute                          0.9
SMBC Nikko Securities                                   0.9
Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management                        0.9
--MNI Beijing Bureau; tel: +86 (10) 8532-5998; email: flora.guo@marketnews.com
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