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High prices for food and energy are at the top of voter concerns nationwide in advance of Sunday’s Upper House election. But nowhere is that more evident than in Hokkaido, where the agriculture sector faces higher costs in key areas and the fisheries industry finds itself directly impacted by Japan’s sanctions on Russian products over the invasion of Ukraine.

“The effects of the coronavirus and the situation in Ukraine have led to price spikes for oil and grains for animal feed, and to rises in the price of fertilizer, all of which has impacted Hokkaido’s agriculture industry,” said Koki Nakaya, an agricultural official for the prefecture of Hokkaido.

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