Japan is seeing limited impact as US ends the Iranian oil sanction waiver for the country. Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko said in a regular press conference that Japan has been lowering its reliance on Iranian oil import, which only accounts for 3%. And, there is no need to tap the national oil reserve with decision of the US.

Though, he noted, “we will closely watch international oil markets and exchange views with Japanese companies involved in crude imports and may consider taking necessary measures.”

The US decision to end the waiver will force eight countries, including China, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey, to switch their oil supplies from Iran to other countries, starting May 2.

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