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Japan Demand for Oil Rising to Replace Nuclear Power, IEA Says

Japan’s power sector will buy an additional 465,000 barrels of oil a day this year if all of its nuclear plants are idle after April, offsetting declines elsewhere in the nation, the International Energy Agency said.

Total demand for oil in Japan may rise 0.9 percent this year to 4.5 million barrels a day, with the power sector consumption growing by an average of 320,000 barrels daily, the Paris-based IEA said in its monthly report. Japan’s oil demand increased by 9.5 percent in December.