Japan imported 13.45 million tonnes of coal in April, up 1.6% year on year, preliminary data from the Ministry of Finance showed on May 19.
The imports were worth 461.46 billion yen ($552.77 million), surging 198.6% year on year, the data showed.
Imports from Russia were 1.41 million tonnes, down 9.8% year on year; value jumped 173.8% year on year to 47.93 billion yen. Receipts from the U.S. rose 32.9% to 641,000 tonnes, while value of the imports jumped 178.3% year on year to 15.49 billion yen.
In April, Japan imported 8.22 million tonnes of thermal coal, up 7.4% year on year, with import value at 253.05 billion yen, rising 200% year on year.
Thermal coal imports from Russia were 1.06 million tonnes, down 1.1% year on year; value jumped 194.3% on the year to 34.94 billion yen. American thermal coal imports rose 26.5% year on year to 271,000 tonnes, with value hiking 188.9% year on year to 5.74 billion yen.
In April, Japan imported 5.57 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas, a rise of 12.1% year on year; value rose 151.6% on the year to 557.28 billion yen.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Tammy Yang)
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