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Oil Imports From Iran Double in Japan Despite Western Sanctions

Japan’s crude imports from Iran more than doubled in May from a year earlier despite sanctions against the Persian Gulf country.

Crude imports rose to 1.09 million kiloliters, or about 222,000 barrels a day, up from about 523,000 kiloliters in May 2012, according to data today from the Ministry of Finance. Purchases from Iran in April of this year were about 530,000 kiloliters.