Oil Refinery

Oil Refinery

Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg

A flare burns off excess gas from a stack nearby Cosmo Oil Co.'s refinery in Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Fossil fuels contributed to nearly half of the gain in imports, with the value of petroleum shipments to Japan soaring 67.8 percent from the previous year, and liquefied natural gas rising 39.4 percent.