Japan's crude oil imports from Iran in August fell 66.8 percent from a year earlier to 497,961 kilolitres (101,035 barrels per day), the trade ministry said on Friday, following a one-month hiatus in July, after European Union sanctions affecting insurance reduced the flow, Reuters reported.
Japanese buyers stopped lifting Iranian crude in early June, so vessels sailing the final part of their journey to Japan would be covered by insurance in early July.
Armed with a sovereign guarantee, Japanese buyers resumed loading Iranian oil in late July, with the oil arriving in Japan in August.
Japan's imports of Iranian crude oil fell to zero in July for the first time since 1981, trade ministry data showed on Friday, as Iran's No.3 oil buyer reined in its appetite to keep from falling afoul of European Union sanctions targeting insurance, Reuters reported.
The data had been anticipated as Japanese buyers stopped lifting Iranian crude from early in June until late in July so that vessels on the final leg of the journey to Japan would not be left uninsured in early July, after an EU ban on insurance of Iranian cargoes took effect.
A powerful typhoon slammed into the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, causing power outages in widespread areas, as authorities warned of winds, high waves and mudslides in the region, dpa reported according to news reports said on Monday.
Typhoon Bolaven, the 15th of the season, passed over Okinawa Sunday night, bringing downpours and strong winds. Seven people suffered storm-related injuries on the island and in Kagoshima prefecture on the southern tip of Kyushu island to the north, broadcaster NHK reported.
The Japanese Embassy in Syria said a correspondent from Japan was killed in the Syrian city of Aleppo during the ongoing armed clashes between government troops and rebels, RIA Novosti quoted Kyodo news agency as reporting.
The agency said that the killed correspondent was Mika Yamamoto, 45, who worked for an independent information agency Japan Press.
The late journalist used to work in many war-torn places of the world, delivering reports particularly from Afghanistan and Iraq, the agency added.
Japan's crude imports from Iran fell 33.9 percent in June from a year earlier, as refiners reduced purchases from the Islamic Republic before the imposition of EU sanctions from July 1, Reuters reported.
Customs-cleared imports from Iran fell to 812,693 kilolitres (170,389 barrels per day), Ministry of Finance data showed on Monday.
The US and Europe are trying to squeeze the revenues Iran makes from oil exports in order to force it to halt a nuclear program they fear will be used to make weapons, but which Tehran says is for power generation.
The tenth meeting of the Turkmen-Japanese Economic Committee is being held in Tokyo, the official Turkmen source said on Friday.
Both countries are discussing prospects for joint investment projects in the oil and gas industry, chemical industry and fisheries, communications, transportation, banking, textile industry at the governmental level.
A Turkmen government delegation is travelling to Tokyo to attend the next meeting of the joint venture with Japan's economic cooperation committee which will be held on July 19, an official Turkmen source said on Tuesday.
President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov noted the ongoing dynamics of trade and economic cooperation between Turkmenistan and Japan and wide range of areas successfully developing, including that of the traditional supply of powerful trucking, construction and other specialised equipment from Japanese producers.
Japanese insurers are expanding their maritime coverage to allow more domestic tankers to transport Iranian crude, as Tokyo looks to keep oil flowing despite tough Western sanctions, industry sources told Reuters on Wednesday.
Japan, Iran's third biggest oil buyer, is expected to resume imports of the OPEC member's crude in August after halting shipments this month as buyers held back to avoid any risk of running afoul of European Union sanctions, which took effect last week.
A delegation of Uzbekistan will take part at the conference on Afghanistan, which will start in Tokyo on Monday, the country's Foreign Ministry said.
The conference, which will be held under the chairmanship of Japanese and Afghan governments, is expected to be attended by representatives of 70 countries and several international organizations.
The forum participants will discuss sustainable development of Afghanistan in light of the withdrawal of international coalition forces in 2014, coordination of international assistance to Afghanistan, as well as regional economic cooperation.
On 11 March, 2011 Japan experienced one of the strongest ever recorded earthquakes of 9.0-magnitude on the Richter scale. Stronger than this one were only the earthquakes in Sumatra in 2004 and in Chile back in 1960. A tide of 3 to 10 meters struck the northeastern coast of “The Land of the Rising Sun”, killing more than 11 thousand people. This was one of the greatest disasters of mankind. The strength of earthquake shocks and tsunami wave height were close to the maximum values, but the number of victims for such powerful natural disaster was relatively small.
Japan is preparing new aid for Afghanistan of up to $5 billion to be used to help former Taliban fighters find jobs and build roads, a big increase from previous commitments, the Nikkei newspaper said on Saturday.
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is expected to present the details to U.S. President Barack Obama when he visits Tokyo on Nov 12-13, the Nikkei said, a move that could deflect attention from a row over the reorganisation of U.S. military bases in Japan.