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Ukraine war brings inflation into focus for contact lenses in Japan

Supply chain disruption creates shortages, adds to upward pressure on prices

Some ophthalmologists and specialty stores In Japan are struggling with contact lens shortages. (Photo by Masaru Shioyama)

TOKYO -- Contact lens prices are rising in Japan, and the war in Ukraine is partly to blame.

In Tokyo, the average retail price of a box of 90 soft contact lenses stood at 10,054 yen ($76) in February, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, up 10% from five years earlier.

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