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VOX POPULI: A high ‘misery index’ in a nation usually heralds political change

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“The prices of beer and ‘chuhai’ (flavored soda mixed with shochu liquor) are going up in October,” warned a notice I saw at a local supermarket the other day, reminding shoppers to stock up before this month ends.

The utility bills I get at home show rapidly rising gas and electricity charges.

The government’s consumer price index tells me I am not imagining that things are getting more expensive.

The figure in August was as much as 2.8 percent higher than one year ago and was said to represent the biggest year-on-year rise in 30 years and 11 months.

During the last surge, the nation’s asset-inflated economic bubble had just burst, and the effects were most conspicuous for the prices of everyday commodities, such as........

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