Japan’s Agency of Energy and Natural Resources said imports from the Arab States and Iran reached 83.2 percent of total oil imports in January.
The world’s third largest net oil importer has been trying to diversify its supply sources in Russia, Southeast Asia, and West Africa.
In 2012, about 83 percent of Japan’s crude oil imports came from the Middle East, according to the International Energy Agency.
In January, 77.9 percent of Japan’s oil imports came from member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Iraq.
Imports from the UAE reached 41 million barrels during January, or about 20.5 percent of total Japanese oil imports for the month.