Fossil Energy

According to data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), Japan is currently the second-largest importer of fossil fuels in the world, second only to China. This is a direct consequence of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The ensuing shutdown of most of Japan’s nuclear reactors required the Japanese government to import far greater quantities of oil and gas instead. Japan is now the world’s largest importer of liquefied natural gas, and the third largest importer of oil, behind the United States and China.

EIA, Japan is the second largest net importer of fossil fuels in the world, 2013

Although Japan is now investing heavily in renewable energy sources and hopes to significantly reduce its reliance on fossil fuels in the coming years, it is clear that in the medium at least term Japan is going to be a significant consumer and importer of fossil fuels. Below you will find more information about Japan’s fossil energy consumption.

Table of Contents

  • Coal
  • Oil
  • Natural Gas
  • Annual report
  • Further Reading
  • Relevant Organisations and Trade Fairs