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Asian oil importers on alert for ripples from tanker attacks

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TOKYO/SEOUL -- Countries in Asia are paying close attention to risks related to the recent attacks near the Hormuz Strait on two oil tankers headed for Thailand and Singapore.

The Strait of Hormuz is the world's most important energy passageway for Asian economies, which are largely net importers of crude oil. Japan imports around 80% of its oil from the Middle East, while Indonesia has become a net importer of crude despite producing oil in its territory.

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