Feb 24, 1998, 12:01 AM
News Code: 9120851
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january in percent 8.4 fall imports oil crude japan's million 61.145 imported japan -- irna\kyodo\oana 24, .feb tokyo, earlier, year a from percent 8.4 down january, in oil crude of barrels .today said industry and trade international of ministry the time first the for fell imports oil crude country's the groling to due buying trimmed companies importing as months five in .said official miti a inventories, one down percent, 9.5 fell east middle the from imports .before year a from point percentage east, middle the from imports on dependent less became japan region, the from imports in increases past the of some retrenching .said official the .n.u over states united the and iraq between standoff recent the .said he imports japan's affect not did inspections arms in time dirst the for sank also oil crude of japan in processing the making percent, 2,2 down barrels, million 47.143 to months five percentage 5.2 fall refineries japanese at ratio utility capacity .said official the percent, 8.86 to points million 72.142 to fell meanwhile, oil, fuel of sales domestic oil gas causing for part in blamed slump economic the with barrels, oil fuel a-type and percent 5.7 fall to vehicles commercial in used .percent 4.2 decline to buildings office heating for mainly used million 85.25 to percent 3.1 rose however, sales, gasoline million 75.29 to percent 5.3 climbed sales kerosene and barrels, .january any for ever volume largest the recording both barrels, kyodo/jh end