Japan's 2012 LNG imports at record high on nuclear woes
Japan is the world's top importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and last year's shipments were also a record in value terms at 6 trillion yen, overturning a previous record in 2011.
Crude oil imports by the world's third-biggest oil consumer totalled 213.03 million kilolitres (3.66 million barrels per day) in 2012, rising 2.0 percent from a 22-year low in 2011, the customs-cleared data from the Ministry of Finance also showed.
Japan paid a record price for crude at $114.90 per barrel last year, compared with $108.65 in 2011.
In December, Japan's customs-cleared crude oil imports fell 0.8 percent to 19.687 million kilolitres (3.99 million barrels per day) from a year earlier, the preliminary data showed.
That compared with imports of 19.842 million in December 2011 and November imports of 16.096 million kl.
LNG imports were 7.705 million tonnes last month, the highest for the month of December and up 7.4 percent from a year earlier. Imports of thermal coal for power
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