Crude oil imports up 10% in April

Kyodo

Crude oil imports rose 10.2 percent in April from a year earlier to 117.94 million barrels for the third consecutive month of year-on-year gain, the Natural Resources and Energy Agency said Thursday.

Oil from the Middle East accounted for 83.1 percent, down 1.4 percentage points for the fifth straight month of decline, the agency under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a preliminary report.

Saudi Arabia remained Japan’s biggest oil supplier, exporting 32.14 million barrels, up 9.7 percent, followed by the United Arab Emirates with 30.07 million barrels, up 20.1 percent. Qatar was third with 13.52 million barrels, up 44.4 percent.