TOKYO , 3rd February, 2014 /WAM/ -- Kuwait's crude oil exports to Japan fell 5?11 percent in December from a year earlier to 91?8 million barrels, or 287,000 barrels per day /bpd/, for the first decline in two months, government data showed, but overtook Russia to become Japan's fourth-biggest oil provider. Last month, Kuwait supplied 4?7 percent of the Asian nation's total crude imports, Kuwait News Agency , KUNA, quoted the Japanese Natural Resources and Energy Agency as saying in a preliminary report. In the full year 2013, Kuwait's exports to the world's third-biggest energy user totalled 47?92 million barrels /253,000 bpd/, down 7?5 percent from the previous year. Japan's overall imports of crude oil edged down 1?1 percent year-on-year to 87?3 million bpd. Shipments from the Middle East accounted for 7?81 percent of the total, up 8?2 percentage points from a year before. Saudi Arabia remained Japan's No.1 oil supplier, with imports from the kingdom increasing 1?9 percent from a year earlier to 26?1 million bpd.
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