Oil Refineries

Photos | Images of Japan: Oil refineries, Shin-Nanyo, Shunan City, Yamaguchi, Japan

Japan imports the vast majority of its crude oil and refines it domestically. Japan's imported oil met 45% of its energy needs in 2009. Imports of oil surged after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami damaged the Fukushima nuclear reactor and nearly all of Japan's nuclear plants were temporarily shut down pending safety checks and a decision about their long-term future operation.

Oil refineries, Shin-Nanyo, Yamaguchi, Japan.
Jake Davies

Japan Images: Oil refineries, Yamaguchi Prefecture