Japan Jan exports rise 12.2 pct year/year - MOF

TOKYO, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Japan's exports rose 12.2 percent in January from a year earlier to mark a 14th straight month of gains, Ministry of Finance data showed on Monday, underscoring solid global demand for Japanese goods. The result compared with a 10.3 percent increase expected by economists in a Reuters poll. It followed a 9.3 percent year-on-year rise in December. Imports rose 7.9 percent in the year to January, versus the median estimate of an 8.3 percent increase. The trade balance came to a deficit of 943.4 billion yen ($8.9 billion), versus the median estimate of a 1 trillion yen deficit. To view full tables, go to the MOF website: http://www.customs.go.jp/toukei/info/indexte.htm ($1 = 106.1500 yen)

(Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Chris Gallagher)