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Higher prices for food, consumables, etc. as of 1 April

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Unswerving cyclist
14 Mar 2002
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Over the past few weeks, the news has been reporting daily on items bound to face price increases, just yesterday Kagome announced unprecedented price hikes for their ketchup. As of tomorrow, companies like Megmilk Snow Brand, Meiji, Morinaga Milk Industry, Nisshin OilliO Group Ltd., J-Oil Mills Inc., Nippon Paper Crecia, and Kao Corp. will increase the prices of food and other household articles.

Japanese consumers are expected to face more challenges amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as a wave of price hikes will hit essential items such as food and daily goods in the new fiscal year beginning Friday due to the rising cost of raw materials. Since there will be changes in fiscal 2022 in some social systems closely related to people's day-to-day living, such as the lowering of the amount of public pension benefits, the rising prices are likely to squeeze socially vulnerable people like pensioners particularly hard.

And transportation:

East Japan Railway Co. will effectively raise ticket prices of shinkansen bullet trains during the high season, and Kyushu Railway Co. will lift the prices of some coupon tickets for the bullet trains. Japan Airlines Co. will raise ticket prices of some domestic flights from April 15, while those of All Nippon Airways Co. have already gone up since Sunday.

Pensioners will be affected, too:

As for Japan's public pension system, the amount of benefits will decrease by 0.4 percent as wages have gone down due to the influence of the pandemic. The age bracket to start receiving the benefits will become wider, now raising the upper age limit to 75. Currently, those aged between 60 and 70 can begin receiving a pension.



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Top Donor
3 Aug 2007
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In the US we have seen prices increase quite a bit on the same categories of food and household items, and also with all fuel and energy costs. Pretty much across the board, its getting very expensive not just to go grocery shopping but to get there and back.

Its not surprising that this is happening other places and I would imagine most countries have felt the burden of raising prices and stagnant income.


4 Sep 2015
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Yesterday here in town the parking lots were jammed. The shelves for toilet paper, oil, butter, cheese, imported can goods, snacks of cheap imported rice crackers, well the list goes on.
McDonald's hamburger now is 130 yen. Not worth it, but coffee, which I was told comes from Vietnam is still 100 yen and its better then the 400 yen mud at Starbucks down the street. Why people pay 400 yen for a cup of mud gets me.
Gas went down for 167 a liter to 162 a liter. Bus fare went up 10 yen per section. We live in an area where vegetables are grown so its not expensive, 12 cucumbers for 198 yen at the moment. Tomatoes 58 yen each. Potatoes at around 58 to 79 yen each. Watermelon has always been expensive. I can't see them raising it about the top price of 3400 yen each.
A word of caution, stores have increase their security against shoplifting.
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