Tokyo consumer prices rose 1.9% in May

The latest inflation figures for Tokyo show consumer prices continued to rise in the Japanese capital in May.
The rate of increases accelerated from April, but remained below the Bank of Japan's 2 percent target for the second straight month.

The internal affairs ministry says the consumer price index for Tokyo's 23 wards rose 1.9 percent in May from a year earlier. The index excludes fresh food which tends to have wide price fluctuations depending on weather conditions.

One factor behind the rise was an increase in the fee added to electricity bills to cover the cost of promoting renewable energy. Electricity charges rose 13.1 percent year-on-year, marking the first increase in 16 months.

Prices for food excluding perishables were up 3.2 percent. That rate was unchanged from April.

Tokyo's CPI is considered to be a leading indicator of inflation nationwide.