Japan quake hits trading partners


Last week's earthquake and tsunami in Japan has hit the suppliers of essential components to regional trading partners, BBC correspondents explain.

In Taiwan, for example, there are growing concerns about the supply of silicon wafers used to make computers and other electronic gadgets.

Japan is Indonesia's biggest trading partner, so any downturn in the Japanese economy would have an adverse impact on the country.

However, this could be offset by higher demand in Japan for Indonesian energy, particularly oil and natural gas.

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