TOKYO — Japan's core consumer prices for items excluding fresh products rose 2.2 percent in June from a year earlier, driven by energy costs, government data showed Friday.
Excluding energy, the increase was just 1 percent compared to a year earlier, according to data released by the interior affairs ministry.
The June inflation figures were in line with expectations and mark the third consecutive month that the reading has come in over 2 percent, after 2.1 percent increases in April and May.
Japan's central bank has a longstanding goal of reaching 2 percent inflation, but it regards the current price increases as temporary and linked to soaring energy costs driven by the war in Ukraine.
As a result, it has maintained its monetary easing policies at a time when central banks elsewhere are hiking rates to tackle inflation.
On Thursday, the bank raised its inflation forecasts, projecting 2.3 percent for the fiscal year 2022 and 2023, up from a previous expectation of 1.9 percent.