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Japan May exports rise 8.1 percent year-on-year - MOF

FILE PHOTO: A worker rides a bicycle in a container area at a port in Tokyo April 21, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's exports rose 8.1 percent in May from a year earlier, Ministry of Finance data showed on Monday, suggesting a pick-up in global demand.

The rise was more than the 7.5 percent increase expected by economists in a Reuters poll. It followed a 7.8 percent year-on-year rise in April.

Imports rose 14.0 percent in the year to May, versus the median estimate for an 8.2 percent increase.

The trade balance came to a deficit of 578.3 billion yen ($5.23 billion), versus the median estimate for a 235.0 billion yen deficit.

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(Reporting by Stanley White; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)