The retail price of regular gasoline is 168.7 yen, a decrease of 0.2 yen from last week.

Kerosene is the same as last week.

Fuel prices are still high against the backdrop of high crude oil prices.

As the demand for heating increases in winter, there are concerns about further impacts on people's lives and industry.

Kerosene delivery company to raise price from 29th

Kenmin Seikyo, which delivers kerosene in Fukui Prefecture, started delivering kerosene this season on the 25th of last month (October).

Initially, if one delivery was up to 50 liters, the price was planned to be 115 yen per liter, but it is 35 yen higher than last season, and it is limited to one month because it will be a heavy burden on the household budget. I have left it at 110 yen.

However, as it is difficult to keep the price unchanged, from the 29th of this month, we will deliver it at the originally expected price of 115 yen unless the purchase volume is large.

In this "Kenmin Seikyo", we will distribute leaflets to union members and ask them to understand the price increase.

A woman who received kerosene delivery before the price increase said, "I'm having trouble raising the price, but I can't help it. I have to put up with it."

Nemuro City, Hokkaido To subsidize kerosene for up to 10,000 yen

Nemuro City, Hokkaido, which is going to be extremely cold in the future, will distribute kerosene vouchers worth up to 10,000 yen in order to support elderly people and single-parent households.

Approximately 2,400 households in Nemuro City are targeted, and households with elderly people aged 75 and over, households with disabilities, and single-parent households each receive 10,000 yen worth of livelihood protection. A kerosene voucher worth 5,000 yen will be distributed to.

From the 1st of next month, you can get a voucher and use it at gas stations in the city by completing the application procedure at the Nemuro City Hall window or by mail.

The city council passed a supplementary budget on the 25th, which included the cost of about 23 million yen, and decided to utilize the donations from the hometown tax as a financial resource.

It is the first time in seven years that Nemuro City has subsidized kerosene bills, and the person in charge said, "Since the burden of kerosene bills on households is increasing, it would be helpful for citizens to have a warm New Year's Eve with peace of mind." I am.

Bus company Corona and soaring crude oil prices “Double punch”

A bus company in Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture, is in a difficult business situation due to a decrease in users due to the influence of the new coronavirus and an increase in fuel costs.

"Toyotetsu Bus" owns about 120 buses and operates local buses and high-speed buses mainly in the Higashi Mikawa region.

The company uses more than 4000 liters of light oil per day to fuel these buses.

The price of light oil is also rising, and the fuel cost from the beginning of this year to last month was nearly 40% compared to the same period last year, an increase of about 30 million yen.

According to the company, as a measure to prevent infection, some windows of the bus are opened to ventilate the air conditioner, which is also a factor that increases fuel costs.

At this bus company, the number of users up to last month of this year has decreased by about 20% from the same period before the spread of infection due to the influence of the new coronavirus.

Yoshimitsu Shirai, Director and General Manager of the Transportation Department of Toyotetsu Bus, said, "We are in a difficult situation due to the double punch of the impact of the new corona and rising fuel costs. We cannot lower the service level, so management will not be able to stand up as it is. I would also like to ask for public support. "

Strawberry farmer "If this situation continues, we have to reduce production ..."

The rise in prices of agricultural materials due to soaring crude oil prices has also affected farmers in Sakawa Town, Kochi Prefecture, where strawberry production is thriving.

Sakawa Town is one of the best producing areas in Kochi Prefecture, with 21 farmers producing strawberries.

Of these, Masakazu Ueda produces about 10 tons of strawberries annually in four agricultural houses.

According to Mr. Ueda, the prices of steel frames and sheets used for agricultural houses and agricultural materials such as fertilizers have risen by 5% to 20% due to the impact of soaring crude oil prices.

As a result, the production cost is expected to increase by about 10% compared to the usual year, and the higher the production volume, the higher the cost.

Mr. Ueda said, "If this situation continues, we may have to reduce production."

Also, regarding the decision to release the oil stockpiled by the country, "I do not know how long it will take for the effect to come to me. I am worried that it will not lead to a fundamental solution to the situation. There is. "

Affects flowers that are popular for Christmas

A horticultural company in Eniwa City, Hokkaido, which grows poinsettia, a popular flower for Christmas, is also having an impact.

The horticultural company "Sun Garden" grows red and green poinsettia, and from this month, it has shipped 16 varieties, about 2000 pots, to commercial facilities and home improvement stores.

Since it is necessary to keep the temperature inside the agricultural house at 16 degrees or higher for the cultivation of poinsettia, the temperature of 25 houses including other varieties is controlled by heating at most during the winter. I am.

Kerosene is used for heating, and it is estimated that fuel costs for this winter will be 5 to 6 million yen more than last season due to the impact of soaring crude oil prices.

For this reason, we have devised ways to reduce the amount of kerosene used, such as by using a boiler that uses firewood.

Poinsettia has already accepted reservations by last month, so it is not possible to raise the price, but if fuel costs continue to rise, we will have to consider raising the price.

Nobumasa Yamaguchi, Managing Director of Sun Garden, said, "It was hard in the summer, but as usual, they colored it beautifully. I really want to pass it on to the price of plants, but customers buy it. I don't know, so even if I raise the price, I can only do it from the next season after giving a notice. "

Chairman of the Petroleum Association of Japan "All subsidies are passed on to wholesale prices"

If the national average retail price of regular gasoline exceeds 170 yen per liter, the government is urgent to suppress the rise in retail price by subsidizing up to 5 yen to the oil wholesale company and lowering the wholesale price. Embark on countermeasures.

Regarding this measure, Mr. Sugimori, the chairman of the Petroleum Association of Japan, which is made by an oil wholesale company, said, "All the subsidies received will be passed on to the wholesale price." "There may be various misunderstandings among consumers and retailers. The government wants you to give a thorough explanation of the purpose and contents of the system. "

On the other hand, regarding the decision by the United States and Japan to cooperate and release a part of the national oil stockpile, "Since each country will release the stockpile at the same time, it will lead to measures to curb the sharp rise in crude oil prices. There is an expectation that I want it. "