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Japan's LNG imports slipped 2.3% year on year to 6.1 million mt in October with volume from Nigeria and Qatar down, the data released by the Ministry of Finance showed on Wednesday.

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Australia continued to be the largest supplier, shipping 1.75 million mt in October, down 6.3% on the year.

Malaysia's volume rose 20% from a year earlier to around 1.1 million mt making it the second largest supplier, while imports from Qatar fell 34% year on year to 778,489 mt.



Japan receive a 66,311-mt cargo from Peru last month. The Maran Gas Efessos delivered a Peruvian cargo to Joetsu LNG receiving terminal on October 24, according to S&P Global Platts ship-tracking software cFlow.

Nigeria sent only one cargo in October, down 49% year on year, at a price of $292.98/mt, or $5.634/MMBtu. The Maran Gas Amphipolis delivered a Nigeria cargo into Futtsu LNG terminal on October 9, cFlow showed.

The Japan Customs Cleared crude oil price was $54.765/b in October, rising 21.2% from a year earlier and up 6.3% from the previous month. Some of Japan's long-term LNG contracts are linked to the JCC crude price, but with a lag of a few months, so fluctuations in oil prices typically take some time to be reflected in LNG prices.

--Eriko Amaha, eriko.amaha@spglobal.com

--Edited by Jonathan Dart, jonathan.dart@spglobal.com