Tokyo, Oct 22 (EFE) .- The consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.1% year-on-year in Japan in September, mainly due to rising energy costs, the government reported this Friday.
With respect to the previous month, the indicator, which excludes food prices due to their high volatility, increased by the same 0.1%, according to data published by the Statistics Office of the Ministry of the Interior and Communications.
Japanese inflation is proving volatile in the second half of the year. The CPI registered its first increase in 14 months last May, which was followed by a new advance in June, but in July prices fell and the indicator remained flat in August, when Japan went through its worst peak of the covid-19 pandemic. 19.
The sector that contributed the most to the rise in prices in the country in September was energy, whose costs rose 4.4% compared to the same month in 2020 and 1% compared to the previous month.
Especially notable were the increases in the price of gasoline and kerosene, of 16.5% and 20.2%.
Accommodation rates rose 43.1%, according to figures collected by the Kyodo news agency.
Another of the sectors that registered a higher price increase in September was leisure, of 3.3%.
Only two sectors experienced a price drop in the ninth month of 2021. Transport and communications costs fell 6.4% and health services fell 0.2%.
The slight rebound in the CPI this year following the prolonged downward pressure on prices exerted by the pandemic in Japan, however, remains far from the target of the 2% year-on-year inflation rate sought by the Bank of Japan ( BoJ), with a flexibilization program activated almost a decade ago.
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