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1.Toshiba Subsidiary’s Semiconductor Facilities Suspended Due to Earthquake

There were earthquakes in Oita and Miyazaki prefectures that observed a maximum seismic intensity of 5.0. According to Reuters on Jan 24, Toshiba Device & Storage, a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, announced that its semiconductor production and development base in Oita City, which is involved in the semiconductor business, is suspending operations due to damage to some of its equipment caused by the earthquake. However, Toshiba Materials Oita Operations in Oita City and Buzen Toshiba Electronics are continuing operations in Buzen City, Fukuoka Prefecture.

2Japan’s Nationwide Average for Gasoline: 168.40 Yen

According to a report by Jiji Press on January 19, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry of Japan, announced on April 19 that the retail price of regular gasoline as of April 17 rose in all 47 prefectures. The national average was 168.40 yen per liter, an increase of 1.90 yen from the previous week’s price as of April 11. The Japanese government has allocated 80 billion yen in the annual supplemental budget to curb the rise in wholesale prices of gasoline, diesel, paraffin, and fuel oil. The Petroleum Association of Japan, an industry group, has indicated that it plans to use all of the subsidies, if paid, to control wholesale prices.

This is the second consecutive week that the national average gasoline price has risen, and it was the highest level in about a month and a half since late November last year. In 12 prefectures, including Nagasaki, Nagano, and Kochi, the price is already 170 yen level. In addition, the retail price at service stations for kerosene, which is in demand for heating purposes, also rose for the second consecutive week to a national average of 1,958 yen per 18 liters.

3Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa Request “Spread Prevention” Measures

According to Reuters, Toyota Motor Corporation announced on Jan 24 that it would suspend operations at some of its finished vehicle plants in Japan for an additional two days on January 25 and 26 due to shortages in the supply of parts caused by the spread of the CCP Virus (or COVID-19) at its suppliers in Japan. As a result, the impact on production in January will swell to approximately 65,000 units. On the other hand, the production volume for February is expected to increase because the plant and production lines scheduled to be shut down in February will be partially downsized. In February, the number of suspended operations will be reduced from 8 plants and 11 production lines to 6 plants and seven.

4300 Kindergartens in Japan Closed Due to the Pandemic

Kyodo reported on Jan 24 that the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said that as of last Thursday, the number of kindergarten suspensions (excluding privately operated or locally licensed facilities) quadrupled in a week with the surge in cases of CCP Virus (or COVID-19), far exceeding the previous high of 185 in last September. As a result, the Japanese government will extend the quasi-emergency antivirus restrictions to more than 30 prefectures when 27 of the country’s 47 regions are experiencing shutdowns.

5Ukraine Military Tensions: Japan Considers Evacuating Japanese Citizens

Japan is considering evacuating its nationals in Ukraine due to fears of an imminent Russian invasion. Japanese government sources said Monday, following a U.S. order to do so for the families of its embassy staff, Kyodo News reported Jan 24. The Foreign Ministry warned against traveling to Ukraine for any purpose. According to the Foreign Ministry, about 250 Japanese citizens, including the families of embassy staff, are living in Ukraine. The Cabinet Secretary said the government had warned Japanese residents in Ukraine to prepare for unforeseen circumstances.

6KAGOME to Raise Prices of Ketchup and Other Products by 3% to 9%

NHK reported on January 24 that amid a series of food price hikes due to soaring raw material prices, Kagome has decided to raise the price of ketchup from April this year. This is the first time in seven years that the company has raised the price of ketchup due to the rising import price of tomatoes, the raw material. According to Kagome’s announcement, the price increase will be applied to 125 products for home and commercial use, including its mainstay tomato ketchup, tomato puree, and tomato sauce. The price of tomato ketchup will be increased by 3% to 9% from the delivery date of April 1 this year, and this is the first price increase in 7 years since April 2015 for both household and commercial use.

【Himalaya Japan Galaxy- Alpha Planet】
Translator: Seentiz Homma (帆間知津)
Proofreading: Totoro

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