OREANDA-NEWS  In the second half of 2022, Japan almost completely abandoned Russian oil, reducing its purchases by about 90 percent, RIA Novosti writes with reference to the Secretary General of the Japanese Cabinet of Ministers Hirokazu Matsuno. Coal imports from Russia decreased by 60 percent.

When asked by a journalist about the actions taken within the framework of the G7 program announced last year to abandon Russian energy carriers, Matsuno stressed that the country "remains committed to a gradual exit from dependence on energy carriers, including oil and coal."

Earlier, the Japanese Ministry of Finance reported that in January, imports of Russian oil collapsed by 76 percent compared to the same period a year earlier, coal — by 56.9 percent, liquefied natural gas (LNG) — by 9.7 percent.

In general, over the past year, Japan has managed to reduce purchases of oil from Russian suppliers by 56.4 percent, coal by 41.3 percent, and non—ferrous metal ores by 38.8 percent. At the same time, LNG imports increased slightly, adding 4.6 percent.