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 total of 1,196 people were taken to hospital by ambulance due to heatstroke in Japan in the week to Sunday, up sharply from 437 in the preceding week, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. (The Japan News)
The rainy season has started in southwestern Japan, the Meteorological Agency said Tuesday, arousing concern of volcanic mud flows on Kuchinoerabu Island where Mount Shindake erupted late last week. (Japan Times)
The massive leak last month of personal data from the Japan Pension Service was the result of a simple error by its employees: opening a virus-laced email attachment disguised as a health ministry document. (Japan Times)
Ten people were injured in an 8-vehicle pile-up on the Yokohama Bay Bridge on Monday morning. The accident occurred at around 6:30 a.m. when a truck rear-ended a car on the bridge, Sankei reported. (Japan Today)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of a top-level organized crime member for assaulting customers in a club in Shinjuku Ward in November of last year, reports TV Asahi (June 1). (Tokyo Reporter)