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Japan's iron ore imports fell by 3.1% year-on-year in September to 10.7 Mt, according to provisional Ministry of Finance data. Imports have now fallen on an annual basis for five consecutive months. There was a sharp 10.9% drop in Japanese steel exports in September, to the lowest level since February at 3.3 Mt, while coal imports fell to a three-month low of 16.3 Mt, although they were still up 3.4% year-on-year.