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.
The government's Earthquake Research Committee announced Sunday that the quake that rocked Nagano Prefecture on Saturday was highly likely to have been caused by a jolt along a section of the Kamishiro Fault, located in the northern area of the prefecture. (The Japan News)
Police in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, said Tuesday that around 16,000 New Year greeting cards ("nengajo") have been stolen from 26 Lawson convenience stores. Security cameras have captured footage of two men who are believed to be the thieves. (Japan Today)
Murder suspect Chisako Kakehi invested most of the about Y1 billion she inherited from her spouses and lovers in futures trading and other financial products over the past few years, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned from investigative sources. (The Japan News)
Japanese public prosecutors on Friday demanded a prison sentence of 10 years for Yusuke Katayama, who is accused of hijacking other people's personal computers and using them to send online threats. (Jiji Press)
According to various Japanese news sources, 83-year-old retiree Yasuji Shibata was arrested for selling obscene material via an Internet auction in April for 3,400 yen (about US$28) after police found explicit photos in his home on November 16. (rocketnews24.com)