Consider the following data on some of Japan’s exports and imports in 2009

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Japanese Exports

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Food (0) n

3.3

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Metal ores (28) n

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Crude petroleum products (333) n

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Pharmaceuticals (54) n

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Soaps and cleaners (554) n

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Iron and steel (67) n

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Automobiles (7812) n

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Aircraft (792) 2.5 4.9
Clothing and accessories (84) 0.5 25.6
Shoes and other footwear (85) 0.1 4.4
Medical instruments (872) 2.2 4.2

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For which of these products do Japan’s exports and imports appear to be consistent with the predictions of the Heckscher-Ohlin theory? Which appears to be inconsistent?

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