Japanese needs in oil

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Japanese needs in oil

Post by DavidFrankenberg » 23 Mar 2020 07:51


how the japaneses answered to their needs in oil during WWII ?

We know that they had poor oil ressources. The USA stopped to deliver them the oil they needed, and some say that it is the cause of Pearl Harbor.
Nevertheless, the Japanese were still able to use cars, tanks, boats, planes... so where did come from the oil they used ?
I mean before they took the indonesian islands.

Thank you very much :thumbsup:

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Re: Japanese needs in oil

Post by fontessa » 24 Mar 2020 01:20

Hello DavidFrankenberg,

I think most of Japan's oil consumption at that time was the use of the reserves.
According to 2nd Demobilization Ministry material, Japan oil reserves in 1941 was as follows.
C:rude oil: 371 x 10,000 kl
B Heavy oil: 31 x 10,000 kl
C Heavy oil: 370 x 10,000 kl
Aircraft gasoline: 47 x 10,000 kl
Automotive gasoline: 36 x 10,000 kl
Lubricant: 6 x 10,000 kl

Navy predicted wartime oil demand at 540 x 10,000 kl per year. However, this was a loose estimate of wartime consumption.


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