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.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday that up to 6 tons of water have leaked after being processed with water-cleaning equipment at the Fukushima No. 1 power station at the center of the 2011 nuclear disaster. (Jiji Press)
Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex chains in North America pulled the film from its screens. (Japan Times)
The Chiba Public Safety Commission has banned a 29-year-old man from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, from riding a bicycle for 90 days, after he was found guilty of cycling under the influence of "kiken" quasi-legal drugs. (Japan Times)
Heavy snow caused a power outage along parts of the Joetsu Shinkansen Line for about six hours on Sunday morning, leaving some 300 passengers trapped in a bullet train for 2½ hours near the mountainous southern border of Niigata Prefecture. (Japan Times)