Japan imported 16.2 million tonnes of coal in September, up 18.1% on the year, preliminary data from the Ministry of Finance showed on October 20.
The imports were worth 279.37 billion yen ($2.44 billion), surging 136.4% on the year, the data showed.
Imports from Russia were 1.79 million tonnes, up 0.7% year on year; value jumped 109% to 30.21 billion yen. Receipts from the U.S. rose 1.1% to 795,000 tonnes, while value of the imports jumped 47.7% to 12.4 billion yen.
Imports of thermal coal that is mainly used for power generation rose 17.8% to 9.98 million tonnes, which were worth 167.34 billion yen, up 161% year on year.
Thermal coal imports from Russia were 1.41 million tonnes, up 14.3% on the year; value rose by 152% to 23.4 billion yen; American thermal coal imports declined 7.7% to 215,000 tonnes, with value hiking 51.6% to 3 billion yen.
In September, Japan imported 5.41 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas, a 16.8% drop on the year; value rose 67.9% to 331.35 billion yen.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Tammy Yang)
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