Higher restaurant prices add pressure on Japanese consumers

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When Yoshihiko Koyama ordered a meal of fried dumplings at a well-known Chinese restaurant chain in Tokyo in September, he noticed something different – ​​the price was a little higher than on his previous visit.

Koyama was charged ¥710 instead of the ¥670 he usually paid for the set menu at a Hidakaya restaurant in the capital’s Okachimachi district, illustrating how restaurants and restaurant chains such as Hiday Hidaka are passing on soaring costs for materials and energy on consumers.

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