TOKYO (MNI) – The average price of regular gasoline in Japan this
week fell to Y132.6 ($1.56) per liter, or $5.93 per gallon, from Y133.0
last week, the 17th consecutive weekly drop, according to data released
by the Oil Information Center on Friday.

The price was still higher than the Y129.1 per liter price of a
year earlier.

Retail gasoline prices were on a general uptrend from mid-January
2009 until May 31, 2010, when they began to ease.

This week the average price of high-octane gasoline stood at Y143.4
per liter, down from Y143.8 last week. It hit a record high of Y196.0 on
Aug. 4, 2008.

The average price for diesel oil stood at Y112.9 per liter this
week, down from Y113.2 last week. It compared with the record high of
Y167.4 hit on Aug. 4, 2008.

The average over-the-counter price of kerosene for heating stood at
Y1,396 per 18 liters, down from Y1,399 from last week. It posted a
record high of Y2,378 on Aug. 11, 2008.

The average home-delivery kerosene price this week was at Y1,511
per 18 liters, down from Y1,514. It hit a record high of Y2,484 on Aug.
11, 2008.
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