The volume of purchases decreased by 65% compared to July last year, according to the Japanese Ministry of Finance. Between the beginning of 2022 and June, volumes decreased by 21.7% , LNG volume fell by 26.1% .
In addition, the country buys less coal - by 40.1% , ores - 84.9% , grain - 73.1% , vegetables - 60.6% .
At the same time, fish imports increased by 21.7% .
Imports from the Russian Federation as a whole increased to 174 billion yen - about $1.3 billion, or by 31%. Exports fell 49.5% to 40.7 billion yen ($303 million). In value terms, imports of mineral fuels to Japan as a whole increased by 45.1% against the background of rising energy prices.
In July, we recall, Tokyo stopped buying Russian gold. In the EU, the ban on the import of gold was included in the seventh package of sanctions against Russia.