Vegetable Prices Rising in Japan after Typhoon Hagibis

Economy

Tokyo, Oct. 17 (Jiji Press)--Prices of cabbage and some other vegetables have started rising in Japan amid anticipated supply shortages after fields and plastic greenhouses in wide swaths of the country's east were flooded by Typhoon Hagibis.

Cabbage prices were about 14 pct higher, at 91 yen per kilogram, at Tokyo's Central Wholesale Market on Tuesday, compared with Saturday, when the 19th typhoon of the season made landfall in the country. Lettuce prices were about 8 pct higher, at 128 yen.

"Prices are rising in anticipation of the impact of the typhoon," an agriculture ministry official said.

Mushroom production was hit hard just before the high-demand season for "nabe" hot pot dishes.

Hokuto Corp.'s <1379> mushroom production facility in the city of Nagano, central Japan, was flooded following a levee breach in the Chikuma River.

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