Japan imported 16.14 million tonnes of coal in August, up 23.8% on the year, preliminary data from the Ministry of Finance showed on September 16.
The imports were worth 249.6 billion yen ($2.27 billion), surging 113.2% on the year, the data showed.
Imports from Russia were 1.69 million tonnes, down 14% year on year; value rose 47.5% to 24.72 billion yen. Receipts from the U.S. rose 78.8% to 1.27 million tonnes, while value of the imports jumped 104.5% to 17.89 billion yen.
Imports of thermal coal that is mainly used for power generation rose 34.5% to 10.6 million tonnes, which were worth 161.8 billion yen, up 160% year on year.
Thermal coal imports from Russia were 1.28 million tonnes, down 9.6% on the year; value rose by 71.2% to 18.65 billion yen; American thermal coal imports surged 280% to 0.58 million tonnes, with value hiking by 5.5 times to 7.54 billion yen.
In August, Japan imported 6.3 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas, a 7.8% rise on the year; value rose 89.3% to 363.02 billion yen.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Harry Huo)
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