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Bad Weather Causes Food Price Rises

Date Posted: 2000-08-11

Twelve days of continuous bad weather and wet conditions has pushed fresh vegetable prices up. The trend is especially worrying to housewives as Obon, one of the most important family celebrations in Okinawa is approaching.

Obon is celebrated Aug. 12 through 14 this year, and the festive foods served in almost every household include plenty of vegetables. The price of vegetables has so far doubled and even tripled and the trend is ever upward as the continuing rains ruin the cops on the fields.

For example, a bundle of spinach that sold for 150 a couple of weeks ago, now costs 250 and has shrunk to half its size. Fish is also disappearing from the markets, as local fishermen have been unable to go out to the sea. At many places only frozen fish imported from outside the prefecture is available.

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