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TOKYO: Japan s Natural Resources and Energy Agency on Monday said country s crude oil imports in February rose 8.2% from a year before to 127.18 million barrels.

In a statement issued here, the NREA said, imports from the Middle East accounted for 86.7% of the total, down 1.4 percentage points from a year before.

By country, Saudi Arabia remained the biggest supplier to Japan, exporting 35.98 million barrels, up 4.2%. The United Arab Emirates stayed second with shipments rising 3.9% to 32.65 million barrels. Iran was in third, exporting 16.48 million barrels, up 28.6%, followed by Qatar s 9.56 million barrels, up 5.3%, and Kuwait s 9.44 million barrels, up 5.7%