Japan Inflation May 2021


Japan: Inflation comes in at over one-year high in May

June 18, 2021

Core consumer prices rose 0.20% over the previous month in May, contrasting the 0.49% fall recorded in April.

Core consumer prices—which exclude fresh food—increased 0.1% in annual terms in May, contrasting April’s 0.1% year-on-year drop in prices. May's figure was the highest inflation rate since March 2020 and bucked the previous trend of nine consecutive months of falling prices. Nevertheless, the annual average variation of core consumer prices was unchanged at 0.4% in May, where it has remained for the past four months. Lastly, consumer prices for all items fell 0.1% on an annual basis in May, softening somewhat from April's 0.4% decrease.

FocusEconomics panelists expect overall consumer prices to increase 0.1% in 2021, which is unchanged from last month’s estimate. In 2022, the panel sees prices rising 0.6%.


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Japan Inflation May 2021

Note: Year-on-year and seasonally adjusted month-on-month variation of consumer price index in %.
Source: Statistics Bureau (SB) and FocusEconomics calculations.

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