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The resumption of oil imports comes after Tokyo was granted a waiver from U.S. sanctions that went into effect in November.
Iran is the fourth-largest oil producer among the members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
Iran's oil exports have fallen sharply since U.S. President Donald Trump said in May 2018 the United States would withdraw from a pact curtailing Iran's disputed nuclear program and reimpose sanctions on Tehran.
Iranian oil accounted for 5.3 percent of Japan's total crude imports in 2018.