The data is here ICYMI:

And, yep, the ‘core’ (i.e. excluding fresh food), came in higher than expected.

Reuters have a recap up that’s worth checking out:

Marcel Thieliant, head of Asia-Pacific at Capital Economics

  • “With services inflation continuing to accelerate, it will take a long time before inflation falls back below the BOJ’s 2% target.”

Source: https://www.forexlive.com/centralbank/japan-tokyo-core-inflation-jumped-in-october-questions-raised-about-boj-negative-rates-20231027/