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As tension mounts worldwide over the standoff concerning Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Japanese oil companies are starting to take precautions as uncertainties surrounding the situation may force them to stop importing oil from the Islamic state.

On Wednesday, Nippon Oil Corp. said it will reduce its oil imports from Iran to 120,000 barrels a day from 142,000 a day in 2005 and purchase from other countries. It was the first such announcement by a firm in an industrialized nation.

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