• Kyodo News


Imports of crude oil rose 0.9 percent in December to 126.81 million barrels, rising for the second straight month compared with the previous year, the Natural Resources and Energy Agency said Monday.

Oil shipments from the Middle East accounted for 84.7 percent of total imports, down 7.1 points, the agency at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in the preliminary report.

Saudi Arabia remained Japan’s biggest oil supplier, exporting 36.61 million barrels, up 0.8 percent. The United Arab Emirates was second with 26.73 million barrels, up 0.1 percent, followed by Qatar, which supplied 14.09 million barrels, up 1.6 percent.

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