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Gasoline prices are climbing again at military pumps in South Korea and Guam. On mainland Japan and Okinawa, they’re still not budging from the record perch they’ve occupied since early July.

The latest adjustment by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service keeps prices throughout the region well above the Department of Energy’s nationwide average. The cost for nearly all grades of fuel sold through AAFES was set to increase at least 18 cents a gallon Saturday in South Korea and Guam. The Navy Exchange has an agreement to keep its prices in line with AAFES at overseas pumps in Japan and Guam.

Regular unleaded is up to $3.927 a gallon at AAFES stations in South Korea, while premium soars to $4.165 on the peninsula.

On Guam, regular unleaded moves to $4.009 and midgrade gas climbs to $4.129. Premium, meanwhile, is now $4.249 per gallon.

The price of midgrade unleaded in mainland Japan and Okinawa remains at $4.063, where it’s been since July 5. AAFES has said no relief is expected until at least the first of October due to higher wholesale costs than what it pays in South Korea.

AAFES sets its retail fuel prices weekly based on a Department of Energy average from the most recent reports. It also factors in incremental costs that can vary widely in each country.

The nationwide average price for regular unleaded sits at $3.835 per gallon, up from $3.73 a month ago and $2.79 at the same time last year, according to AAA and the Oil Price Information Service. It’s jumped more than 18 cents in the last week.


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