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Frigid Winter in Japan Set to Intensify Global Energy Squeeze

  • Several parts of nation may see below-normal temperatures
  • Outlook will boost global competition for heating fuels
Japan imports almost a fifth of the world’s LNG, colder weather threatens to further tighten the global market for the fuel.

Japan imports almost a fifth of the world’s LNG, colder weather threatens to further tighten the global market for the fuel.

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Japan is predicting its winter will trend colder as La Nina stretches into a third year, increasing the need for heating fuels in the world’s second-biggest importer of liquefied natural gas. 

Temperatures from December through February are most likely to be normal or below in the east and the west, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Tuesday in a forecast. Snowfall in mainland areas facing the Sea of Japan will probably be normal or above.