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Cost of Living Comparison Between Japan and United States 

For major cities in those countries you could get probably more relevant data by specifying cities itself.

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Consumer Prices in United States are 21.06% lower than in Japan
Consumer Prices Including Rent in United States are 15.88% lower than in Japan
Rent Prices in United States are 1.56% lower than in Japan
Restaurant Prices in United States are 13.68% higher than in Japan
Groceries Prices in United States are 17.83% lower than in Japan
Local Purchasing Power in United States is 37.64% higher than in Japan

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  Japan  United States      Difference
Restaurants [Edit] [Edit]
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 800.00 ¥     1,022.47 ¥      +27.81 %
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 4,000.00 ¥     4,601.12 ¥      +15.03 %
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 650.00 ¥     639.04 ¥      -1.69 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 400.00 ¥     357.86 ¥      -10.53 %
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 500.00 ¥     511.24 ¥      +2.25 %
Cappuccino (regular) 369.21 ¥     372.69 ¥      +0.94 %
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 133.21 ¥     162.10 ¥      +21.68 %
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 107.46 ¥     129.94 ¥      +20.92 %
 
Markets [Edit] [Edit]
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 185.20 ¥     101.48 ¥      -45.20 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 179.44 ¥     244.00 ¥      +35.98 %
Rice (white), (1kg) 477.60 ¥     296.13 ¥      -38.00 %
Eggs (12) 214.26 ¥     230.20 ¥      +7.44 %
Local Cheese (1kg) 1,659.07 ¥     969.12 ¥      -41.59 %
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 847.28 ¥     780.92 ¥      -7.83 %
Apples (1kg) 537.97 ¥     379.30 ¥      -29.50 %
Oranges (1kg) 474.26 ¥     365.67 ¥      -22.90 %
Tomato (1kg) 563.50 ¥     380.36 ¥      -32.50 %
Potato (1kg) 332.64 ¥     240.33 ¥      -27.75 %
Lettuce (1 head) 191.32 ¥     161.02 ¥      -15.84 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 147.63 ¥     179.98 ¥      +21.91 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,200.00 ¥     1,226.96 ¥      +2.25 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 276.54 ¥     233.57 ¥      -15.54 %
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 313.60 ¥     335.60 ¥      +7.02 %
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 440.00 ¥     613.48 ¥      +39.43 %
 
Transportation [Edit] [Edit]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 200.00 ¥     204.49 ¥      +2.25 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 10,000.00 ¥     6,748.30 ¥      -32.52 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 700.00 ¥     306.74 ¥      -56.18 %
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 312.00 ¥     158.83 ¥      -49.09 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3,000.00 ¥     2,898.70 ¥      -3.38 %
Gasoline (1 liter) 152.45 ¥     98.35 ¥      -35.48 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,350,000.00 ¥     2,044,940.00 ¥      -12.98 %
 
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] [Edit]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 21,156.79 ¥     16,565.51 ¥      -21.70 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 57.00 ¥     15.02 ¥      -73.65 %
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 3,842.07 ¥     4,720.74 ¥      +22.87 %
 
Sports And Leisure [Edit] [Edit]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 8,859.26 ¥     4,044.83 ¥      -54.34 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,587.50 ¥     1,886.14 ¥      +18.81 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 1,800.00 ¥     1,022.47 ¥      -43.20 %
 
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] [Edit]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 8,146.96 ¥     4,168.31 ¥      -48.84 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 5,347.06 ¥     3,739.45 ¥      -30.07 %
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 8,207.50 ¥     7,802.64 ¥      -4.93 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 10,350.00 ¥     8,528.62 ¥      -17.60 %
 
Rent Per Month [Edit] [Edit]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 104,923.92 ¥     101,630.72 ¥      -3.14 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 60,170.73 ¥     76,638.61 ¥      +27.37 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 206,094.73 ¥     174,081.42 ¥      -15.53 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 119,500.00 ¥     131,039.12 ¥      +9.66 %
 
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] [Edit]
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 572,867.21 ¥     194,381.80 ¥      -66.07 %
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 405,802.83 ¥     125,772.63 ¥      -69.01 %
 
Salaries And Financing [Edit] [Edit]
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 289,044.86 ¥     334,676.11 ¥      +15.79 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 1.95     4.20      +115.16 %
 
Last updateApril, 2014April, 2014
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Currency: JPY



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