As you can see, JP’s petroleum consumption rate (solid red symbols) hit a peak in the mid 1990s at about 2.1 bby and has been slowly declining since them. By 2010, the consumption rate had dropped about 25 percent to 1.62 bby from the peak in the mid 90s. I will discuss the possible effects of Fukashima on Japan's petroleum consumption and import rates at the end of this article.
It is very clear that the Middle East (ME) is where JP has gotten the bulk of its inter-regional petroleum imports over the last decade—with rAP a very distant second. For instance, of the total of 1.94 bby imported in 2000, 1.53 bby, or 79 percent, came from ME, and 0.31 bby, or 16 percent, came from rAP. In 2010, of the total of 1.67 bby that JP imported, 79 percent, came from ME, and 9.5 percent, came from rAP. Just visible above the "noise" in the figure from the other regions, for 2010 is 0.11 bby, or 6.6 percent of imports coming from the former