Moji Customs has released trade statistics for the Kyushu economic sphere (Kyushu with Yamaguchi and Okinawa Prefectures) for the period from January through June this year. Total exports rose 8.8% from the year-before period to 4.1851 trillion yen, while imports soared 24.7% to 4.6841 trillion yen. Exports have now risen for 13 consecutive six-month periods. Regional exports during the period accounted for 10% of the national total, rising from 9.7% for the previous six-month period. It is the first time exports have accounted for 10% of the national total since these statistics were first kept in 1979.