Japan resumed its purchases of Russian oil in July, according to information released on Wednesday by the country's Finance Ministry.
In the previous month, imports fell to zero as local refiners started to phase out Russian crude amid Ukraine-related sanctions.
Despite the decline in physical volumes, the value of Russian fuel exports to Japan increased by 45.1% compared to last year due to rising global commodity prices.
In May, Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Koichi Hagiuda vowed that Tokyo would gradually reduce its dependence on Russian energy resources, but said it could not give up Russian oil immediately. Japan also supports the G7 plan to impose a price cap on Russian oil, which is currently under discussion.
Meanwhile, Japan has also significantly increased its crude imports from the Middle East. They rose 10 percent, while total oil imports from all countries to Japan rose by 3.8 percent. The Middle East region accounts for over 90 percent of Japan's total oil consumption, but due to its proximity Russia is a valuable supplier of energy for the country.