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Japan's inflation spreads to tuna and beef bowls, slamming households

High energy costs, weak yen and supply problems drive up prices

Higher prices have hit Japanese consumers on everything from food to fuel. (Photo by Tasuku Ikeda)

TOKYO -- Having suffered from decades of deflation, Japan is now seeing price hikes spread to a range of items, from electricity to mayonnaise, squeezing household budgets by raising costs for basic necessities and services.

But it remains unclear whether these price increases -- driven by higher energy costs; higher prices for ingredients and a weaker yen; as well as supply issues -- will lead to sustained inflation that will also boost wages.

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