Japan imported 15.45 million tonnes of coal in July, down 2% year on year, preliminary data from the Ministry of Finance showed on August 17.
The imports were worth 810.74 billion yen ($6.04 billion), surging 269.5% year on year, the data showed.
Imports from Russia dived 40.1% to 1.06 million tonnes; value jumped 129.1% year on year to 54.14 billion yen. Receipts from the U.S. surged 62.7% to 941,000 tonnes, while value of the imports jumped 563.5% year on year to 42.83 billion yen.
In July, Japan imported 9.37 million tonnes of thermal coal, down 4.1% year on year, with import value at 481.06 billion yen, skyrocketing 260% year on year.
Thermal coal imports from Russia were 879,000 tonnes, slumping 32.4% year on year; value jumped 162.7% on the year to 45.74 billion yen. American thermal coal imports tumbled 63.7% year on year to 124,000 tonnes, with value down 13.5% year on year to 3.36 billion yen.
In July, Japan imported 6.16 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas, a fall of 0.4% year on year; value rose 124.1% on the year to 773.11 billion yen.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Tammy Yang)
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