Consumer inflation in Japan's capital hits 33-year high | Inquirer Business

Consumer inflation in Japan’s capital hits 33-year high

/ 08:36 AM October 28, 2022

Japan inflation: woman shops at a supermarket in Tokyo

A woman chooses vegetables at a supermarket in Tokyo, Japan Oct 21, 2022. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File photo

TOKYO  – Core consumer prices in Japan’s capital, a leading indicator of nationwide figures, rose 3.4 percent in October from a year earlier, data showed on Friday, marking the fastest annual pace since 1989 in a sign of broadening inflationary pressure.

The rise in the Tokyo core consumer price index (CPI), which excludes volatile fresh food but includes oil costs, exceeded a median market forecast for a 3.1 percent gain and followed a 2.8 percent gain in September.


Inflation in the Tokyo area thus exceeded the central bank’s 2 percent target for five straight months.


The data came as the Bank of Japan meets for a two-day policy meeting that ends later on Friday, when it is expected to revise up its inflation forecasts but keep monetary policy ultra-loose to underpin a fragile economic recovery.

BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has repeatedly said the bank must maintain ultra-low interest rates on the view the recent cost-push inflation will likely prove temporary.


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