0440 GMT December 14, 2018
The Japanese politician made the remarks on Friday in a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Japan Morteza Rahmani in the capital city Tokyo.
During the talks, the two sides underlined the importance of enhancing mutual historical and economic relations between Iran and Japan, a report by ISNA said.
The Iranian diplomat described Japan’s support for the Iran nuclear deal as a positive measure.
Japan is seeking an early exemption from the US on its sanctions against Iran’s oil, which has the highest priority for the country’s energy security as well as local refiners.
Stopping all Iranian oil exports could result in the loss of around 2.5 million bpd of global oil supply, which cannot be absorbed and would trigger a “substantial rise” in oil prices that would not benefit anyone.
“As Japan considers continuing the import of Iran’s crude oil, we intend to inform the US about this stance, and aim to ensure they understand it,” said Ryo Minami, Japan’s director-general of oil, gas, and mineral resources at the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry last month.
Japan imported an average of 165,481 bpd of Iranian oil in fiscal 2017-18 (April-March), down 28% from the previous fiscal year.
US President Donald Trump said on May 8 the US would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions that had been frozen since January 2016 as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.