Japan's exports rose 1.3 percent in January from a year earlier, government data showed on Monday, a slowdown from the previous month due to a decline in U.S. exports and the Chinese New Year holidays.
The rise was less than a 4.7 percent increase expected by economists in a Reuters poll. It followed a 5.4 percent year-on-year rise in December.
Imports rose 8.5 percent, versus the median estimate for a 4.7 percent increase.
The trade balance came to a deficit of 1.09 trillion yen ($9.66 billion), versus the median estimate for a 636.8 billion yen deficit.
($1 = 112.8300 yen)