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06 November 2019

50 years of Japanese LNG imports

Report summary

Congratulations Japan on 50 years of LNG imports! November 4th 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Japan’s first LNG import, with partner celebrations to follow today on 6th November. The Polar Alaska arrived at Japan’s Negishi terminal with that first cargo in late 1969 and since then the LNG industry has evolved dramatically in no small part due to Japan and Japanese companies. Japan remains the world’s largest LNG importer, a leader in contracting innovation, a major shipping player, a pivotal buyer who has helped to underpin new LNG developments around the world, and a key partner for developing new LNG markets. In this Inform, we take a look back at that first cargo, how the Japan’s LNG industry has changed over the last fifty years through five graphics, and what lies ahead for Japanese LNG.

Table of contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Japan's first LNG cargo
  • What lies ahead for Japanese LNG?
  • 50 years of Japan LNG - Timeline

Tables and charts

This report includes 8 images and tables including:

  • Then and now: 1969 vs. 2019
  • Japan regas infrastructure
  • Japan LNG imports (1969-2018) – annual and cumulative
  • Japan LNG import price and value of imports (1969-2018)
  • Snapshot by decade: Japan LNG supply mix by source and total annual demand
  • LNG ship deliveries by country of build
  • Top 3 LNG importers – LNG imports (1969-2019)

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