Recently Excite News reported the following:
The Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications had announced on the 30th that according to the September Family Budget Survey, the consumer spending of a home with two or more people was 277,110 yen. Ignoring the influence of price changes, it increased substantially by 1.0% compared with the same month a year ago, and it became a continuous plus for two months. Because of the Golden Week holiday in September, entertainment expenses which included money spent on buying gifts and the pocket money given to grandchild etc. had increased by 9.7%, also foreign package travel expenses had increased by 27.4%. Because of the new flu epidemic, expenses on diagnosis and treatment, and on purchasing masks etc. had also increased.
From the above it seems that inflation may have returned to Japan.