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Import volume of crude oil Japan FY 2019, by country

In fiscal year 2019, Japan’s largest crude oil importer was Saudi Arabia. That year, Japan imported approximately 155 gigaliters of crude oil from the Middle Eastern nation.

What is fueling the nation?

While Japan’s share of energy demand is among the highest on a global basis, it has virtually no fossil fuels, making it heavily import dependent for all kinds of fossil fuels. As a consequence, Japan has become one of the largest oil importers in the world, having consumed around 182 million metric tons of oil in 2018.The largest amount of oil comes from OPEC member states in the Middle East.

Future energy trends

Even though oil still accounted for the largest share of primary energy consumption in 2018, Japan’s crude oil imports have hit a record low since 1979. While this is mainly attributed to the shrinking population and slow economic growth, factors such as improved energy efficiency, the increased use of alternative fuels as well as the slight rise in nuclear power output have contributed to the decrease in demand.

Import volume of crude oil to Japan in fiscal year 2019, by country

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

FY 2019; the Japanese fiscal year starts on April 1 of the stated year and ends on March 31 of the following year

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

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