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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Midgrade gas prices at Army and Air Force Exchange Service outlets in Japan will remain unchanged with the coming of the new year.

But prices for all grades of gas will rise in South Korea and Guam, according to an AAFES press release. Gas prices for Navy Exchange outlets were not available Friday.

On Okinawa and the rest of Japan, the AAFES price per gallon for midgrade unleaded will remain stable at $2.232. A gallon of diesel will cost consumers almost seven cents more, from $2.351 in December to $2.42.

In South Korea, the price for unleaded will jump to $2.367 on the first of the year, an increase of 7.7 cents. Premium unleaded will cost $2.574, up from $2.496, and a gallon of diesel will increase from $2.599 to $2.669.

On Guam the price for unleaded will climb eight cents, from $2.289 to $2.369. A gallon of midgrade will sell for $2.469, an increase of seven cents, and premium unleaded also will rise seven cents, from $2.499 to $2.569.

AAFES gas prices are based on the U.S. Department of Energy’s average price for each grade of gas during the previous four months. There is usually a one-month lag before AAFES adopts the new price.

According to the Energy Department, the average price for regular grade gas is climbing slowly, from $2.293 per gallon the week of Dec. 11 to $2.341 Christmas Day. And that’s an increase of 14.4 cents from a year ago.

The Gulf Coast states had the lowest price at $2.213 per gallon, while West Coast states averaged $2.531. The most expensive gallon of regular grade was in Seattle, where drivers paid $2.646.


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