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Japan: Vegetable prices rising after Typhoon Hagibis

Prices of vegetables like cabbages have started rising in Japan amid anticipated supply shortages due to fields and plastic greenhouses being flooded by Typhoon Hagibis in wide swaths of the country's east.

Cabbage prices were about 14% higher, at 91 yen (€0.74) 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% higher, at 128 yen (€1.02). "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 mushroom production facility in the city of Nagano, central Japan, was flooded following a levee breach in the Chikuma River.


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