I posted an article a few days ago about the lack of rice in Liberia and how that is affecting the regular diet. In Japan, the problem is not with a shortage of rice but of butter.
Domestically produced butter is scarce at retail stores because of a shortage of raw milk and higher prices of butter imports.
A shortage of butter for commercial use began to hit cake shops and restaurants last fall. The problem has now spread to homes.
Worse, butter makers are planning to raise retail prices in April, when raw milk prices are set to increase. The move will likely keep butter off more mealtime tables.
A second-tier supermarket chain in Tokyo put up a notice at outlets that states: "Butter stocks may run out due to a drop in production."