Food and seasonings, such as jams and dressings, will become more expensive beginning with products shipped Monday.
The price increases are being attributed to increased import costs caused by rising prices of raw materials and the yen's weakness. They follow price hikes for mayonnaise and bread in July and precede a planned increase in prices of sake in October.
Kewpie Corp., Japan's biggest jam maker, plans to raise jam prices by 4 percent to 7 percent, with the first price hikes for strawberry and orange marmalade jams in 23 years.
A lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party who announced plans to take paternity leave has resigned over revelations that he engaged in an extra-marital affair while his wife was pregnant, reports TBS News (Feb. 12). (Tokyo Reporter)
Los Angeles alternative rock outfit Red Hot Chili Peppers and Icelandic post-rock trio Sigur Ros were among acts named Friday to perform at the 20th anniversary of Fuji Rock Festival in July. (Japan Times)
Japanese actor Ken Watanabe was diagnosed with an early-stage stomach cancer, his agent said Tuesday, adding the actor, who starred in a Broadway musical in 2015, has already undergone endoscopic surgery to remove it. (Kyodo)
The Japanese government decided at a cabinet meeting Tuesday to withdraw its recommendation of Christianity-related historic facilities and sites in Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefectures for addition to the UNESCO World Heritage List. (Jiji Press)