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McDonald’s Japan to raise prices on 60% of menu items

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McDonald’s Japan has announced its plan to raise the price of about 60% of menu items, including hamburgers and French fries, from Friday.

The price increase at the popular fast food restaurant will range from 10 to 30 yen. McDonald’s menu staples such as the 130 yen hamburger and 350 yen Teriyaki McBurger will increase to 150 yen and 370 yen, respectively, the company said in a statement. The small-sized French fries that cost 150 yen will rise to 160 yen. All new prices include tax.

The fast food company cited the soaring cost of ingredients, in particular meat and flour, higher logistic costs, and the rapidly depreciating yen as the main factors for the price increase. 

It is the second price hike this year. In March, McDonald’s Japan raised the cost of 20% of its menu offerings by 10 to 20 yen. 

Additionally, McDonald’s food delivery service will have a price hike of 60% of its items, ranging from 10 yen to 100 yen (tax included). Fast food restaurants that house a McCafe’s barista corner will also see a price increase for about 30% of the menu, ranging from 10 to 80 yen (tax included).

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Is their food still lukewarm? Floppy burgers still?

-5 ( +11 / -16 )

Prices keep going up but the portions and sizes of their food keeps shrinking.

16 ( +19 / -3 )

I never eat at this slop shop.

-1 ( +15 / -16 )

Cardboard chemical meat. Don't injest it.

0 ( +14 / -14 )

Thank you Mr Kuroda.This is were your outrageous monetary policy and resulting melting JPY took us.

Recently the price of many products in combini is up 20% to 30%.

2 ( +8 / -6 )

Supply and demand issue. Soy demand is up, supply is low, so the soy-burgers have to up their price.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Japan has no inflation and is a well run country with no flaws.

(see username)

9 ( +16 / -7 )

Good enough reason to make your own I reckon. You can also be as creative as you like as well. Japan doesn't really sell burger buns (not often at least near where I am) so I use the bread maker to make sugar free dough and I turn that into buns (even using slightly toasted white bread works) . I sometimes do steak burgers or chicken burgers and my wife makes a great hamburger patty. I also make my own mix of different sauces and mustards to make a great tasting sauce.

With a home fryer you can also do french fries that taste great(or deep fried chicken nibbles).

They only reason to buy MD's is because you or your partner feel to lazy to cook. Try giving them a break and prepare some Papa's Burgers...

3 ( +7 / -4 )

There goes THEIR profits.

I already stopped going there as much as it is. 60% HIGHER ? Forget it

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

As long as this doesn’t affect the prices of chicken nuggets, we good.

If nuggets go up, we riot!

2 ( +5 / -3 )

60% HIGHER ? Forget it

No, 60% of their menu items are going up by 10 _ 30yen.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

shogun36, Mcnuggets aren't chicken and aren't food. I stopped eating them at least 20 years ago. They used to be chicken, but not anymore... Enjoy your riot

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

MacDonalds stinks as soon as you walk through the doors. The floors are greasy, and it’s overcrowded.

not my Mcdonalds, it was refurbished a couple years ago, its never really crowded inside, but the drive through is brutal on weekends, double lanes all the way. Im luck in being in a rural area our mcdonalds in on a big lot , I mainly use the parking for the free wifi.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

RakurakuToday  06:27 pm JST

Thank you Mr Kuroda.This is were your outrageous monetary policy and resulting melting JPY took us.

If it causes you to eat at MacDees less, it's doing you a favor.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Of course, the McDonalds price index per country is usually quite a good indicator of general prices

Indeed.

If we look at the price of a Big Mac in USD at current FX rate ( USD = 144 JPY):

A Big Mac in japan is:

390 JPY /144 = 2.7 USD

In the USA à Big Mac is on average 5 USD.

It means that according to the Big Mac index, the JPY is undervalued by 84% against the USD!

3 ( +4 / -1 )

My Mcdonalds, it was refurbished a couple years ago, its never really crowded inside

I agree, some have been nicely renovated and have a lot of space. 2 examples: The one on Takeshita dori in Harajuku and the one near Kita Senju station.

But I agree that some are pretty disgusting with ridiculously small seats.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Prices are inflating while money is deflating, it is very bad for the economy and society. Those who have cash in their bank saving accounts their money is devaluing the government economist to do whatever measures to stop this crises of cash deflation, the finance minister specializes in these things. I believe an imaginary difficult to set and enforce the set law to prevent inflation and deflation is to have a Japanese national MSRP Manufacturing Suggested Retail Price set by the government and enforced by the law enforcers. The law now allows Mcdonalds to raise prices but under my government MSRP system, the government to stop this Mcdonalds stupid price hikes, the least now the people's government can do with modern laws is to keep raising the minimum wage to support the poorer citizens at least while the richer citizens money is plummeting. This inflation and deflation in economy is very serious and should have periority to get prevented. One of the richest man in the world is Warren Buffet who had twenty billion US dollar cash mostly in UBS bank, now as a result of US dollar plummet deflation Warren twenty billion now only has about ten billion US dollar buying power, and if the economist can't do anything about it the worst is yet to come. I wont suggest holding cash in these times of inflation and deflation, investing your cash in anything good stables like real estate is good, I fear this volatile global economy.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

McDonald is from a 3rd world country? No.

McDonald is struggling to survive? No.

McDonald is nearly bankrupt? No.

McDonald is getting greedy? YES!

And greedier? YES!!

And will always be getting greedier & greedier?

YES! YES!! YES!!! YES!!!! YES!!!!! YES!!!!!!

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Oh, the absolute horror! What will people do ??

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Income problem its what it is, i see the uglies and their kids eating that bad nutrients meals while they scratch their fortune tickets. Can't complaint about so many unfortunates and dumbs, less competitors.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Didn't know they are still around. Does anyone still eats their Plastics?

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Billions served, so somebody is eating these burgers. Lots of people on here are full of BS when they say they don't eat it.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

The food is not that good, the waiting times are horrible, no eating in peace inside the premises so their strongest weapon was the prices, I don't thing this will be good for the chain.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Not so much a restaurant as a factory.

Can we believe that consuming factory food is beneficial to health?

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

If they put the prices up anything near Mos Burger, surely no one will eat McDonalds rather than Mos Burger. I mean, Mos Burger is tasty but fat too expensive for a burger shop. McDonalds is junk but cheap.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Love or hate (as certain posters seem to be full of hate) the food at McDonald's, the fact is that they've somehow managed to remain in profitable business even without said haters.

Raising the prices is unavoidable due to the high rate of inflation. Many(dare I say most) businesses have already or will soon also be raising their prices. The result of unwise political choices and unwise governmental economic policies.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Are some posters under the impression that McDonalds sells food?

Cheap congealed offerings are not food at all.

The money that the company makes from their products is not the staple of the business at all.

It is real estate.

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

I do love their breakfast and fries every now and then.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Mmmmmmmmm addictive and expensive. Perfect combo for a recession.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

What are you expecting for 150 Yen? A delicious full course of five-star cuisine? Of course subtracted store, energy, ingredients, personnel costs and franchise profits, you only get something of about 50 Yen or less, and therefore the taste and quality is also like maximum of 50 Yen.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I got a coupon in the mail for 3 Whoppers,3 Cheese Burgers 3 Fries for 16 dollars,I am not use it,I will give it away

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Forget McGarbage..

MOS Burger are the best !!!...

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

prices went up because of/you name the "reason"/,salaries..remains same because/you name the "reason"/.

Mc Donalds is worst choice of food in Japan by my opinion.for all mclovers look at youtube for movie "oversize me" and than think twice what you are eating and where you are heading.

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

I don't mind a McBurger every now and again, especially some of the limited burgers. Still have a soft spot for Burger King though. Have found a few amazing self-owned Japanese burger shops that surprised me.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Don't care. NEVER eat there.

I'm a BK man myself

0 ( +1 / -1 )

@Eastman: I think you mean 'Supersize Me'. Nobody is pretending that McDonalds is EVER good for you. But once in a while for breakfast or a fries and Coke won't kill you. I'm sure you are more driven by your anti-western sentiment somewhat - I'm sure if it was an East European fast food franchise, you would have said nothing.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Every now and then of course.

Eat in moderation.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

@Aly - If you like BK (like me) then you'd love Golden Brown in Meguro (if you ever find yourself that way...)

0 ( +0 / -0 )

William RoundSep. 28  05:52 am JST

The food is not that good, the waiting times are horrible

No one forces you to eat there, And Japan's McD far surpasses the US and Canada's in quality,

And the speed in which Japan serves its customers is incredibly fast---and the workers are super-friendly.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

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