Middle East Economic Survey
Japans December Crude Oil Imports Rise, 2009 Imports Down 12.8% On Year
Monthly petroleum data published by Japans Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) on 29 January showed that crude oil imports during December increased to 4.056mn b/d, up by 10.4% over November imports of 3.673mn b/d. Year-on-year, Japans crude oil imports in December 2009 are down by 2.6% from 4.166mn b/d in December 2008. Imports from the Middle East averaged...