'Butter refugees' cry over spilled milk

Nov 10, 2014

'Butter refugees' cry over spilled milk

Shoppers are up in arms over a serious butter shortage that has forced the government to resort to emergency imports and some grocers to limit sales to one package per customer. Some store shelves are bare and retailers are trumpeting the arrival of new ...

Oct 21, 2013

Postage rates, soda prices to rise

Letters and postcards will cost ¥2 more to send from next April, reflecting the consumption tax hike, according to sources. Japan Post Co. will raise the postage prices for postcards from ¥50 to ¥52, while standard letters weighing no more than 25 grams go ...

Oct 17, 2013

Ajinomoto to up Hondashi price; first rise since '90

Ajinomoto Co. said Thursday it will raise prices of its Hondashi bonito-based seasoning by 6 to 7 percent for the first hike since 1990. The markup will start with shipments on Jan. 4, the major seasoning maker said. Hondashi is one of the firm’s ...