Japan's current account surplus at $12.1 bil

The trade surplus is pegged at $37.44 billion, down from $40.21 billion a month earlier.

Finance Ministry says the figure stood at 1.3 trillion yen, or about 12 billion dollars. Imports jumped an annual 17.6 percent to 6.587 trillion after rising 18.5 percent in the previous month.

That was shy of expectations for a surplus of 1.836 trillion yen and down from 2.176 trillion yen in October.

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Water bombing aircraft and more than 60 RFS personnel worked overnight to contain the blaze as it threatened homes. A massive blaze continues to burn out of control and threaten the homes of residents in the Hunter Valley.

Japan will see November numbers for current account, plus December data for bank lending and the eco watchers survey. But the cushion contracted in November mainly because of a smaller trade surplus, due to higher crude oil prices.

US crude oil futures continued their upswing on the NY market Thursday amid supply concerns, briefly hitting a more than three-year high above $64 per barrel.

"Both exports and primary income are expected to remain solid, helping the current account surplus stay at relatively high levels".

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