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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 20.83% lower than in Japan
Consumer Prices Including Rent in United States are 15.95% lower than in Japan
Rent Prices in United States are 2.64% lower than in Japan
Restaurant Prices in United States are 14.06% higher than in Japan
Groceries Prices in United States are 17.62% lower than in Japan
Local Purchasing Power in United States is 37.23% higher than in Japan

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  Japan  United States      Difference
Restaurants [Edit] [Edit]
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 800.00 ¥     1,023.55 ¥      +27.94 %
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 4,000.00 ¥     4,605.97 ¥      +15.15 %
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 650.00 ¥     639.72 ¥      -1.58 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 400.00 ¥     358.24 ¥      -10.44 %
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 500.00 ¥     511.78 ¥      +2.35 %
Cappuccino (regular) 368.25 ¥     372.89 ¥      +1.26 %
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 133.23 ¥     162.13 ¥      +21.70 %
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 107.46 ¥     130.00 ¥      +20.97 %
 
Markets [Edit] [Edit]
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 185.20 ¥     101.71 ¥      -45.08 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 179.44 ¥     244.31 ¥      +36.15 %
Rice (white), (1kg) 477.60 ¥     296.30 ¥      -37.96 %
Eggs (12) 214.26 ¥     230.31 ¥      +7.50 %
Local Cheese (1kg) 1,659.26 ¥     969.25 ¥      -41.59 %
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 847.28 ¥     781.40 ¥      -7.78 %
Apples (1kg) 537.97 ¥     378.69 ¥      -29.61 %
Oranges (1kg) 474.26 ¥     365.99 ¥      -22.83 %
Tomato (1kg) 563.50 ¥     380.36 ¥      -32.50 %
Potato (1kg) 332.64 ¥     240.74 ¥      -27.63 %
Lettuce (1 head) 191.32 ¥     160.87 ¥      -15.92 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 147.64 ¥     180.21 ¥      +22.06 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,200.00 ¥     1,228.26 ¥      +2.35 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 276.54 ¥     233.96 ¥      -15.39 %
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 313.60 ¥     335.41 ¥      +6.95 %
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 440.00 ¥     614.13 ¥      +39.57 %
 
Transportation [Edit] [Edit]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 200.00 ¥     204.71 ¥      +2.36 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 10,000.00 ¥     6,755.43 ¥      -32.45 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 700.00 ¥     307.06 ¥      -56.13 %
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 312.00 ¥     159.00 ¥      -49.04 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3,000.00 ¥     2,901.76 ¥      -3.27 %
Gasoline (1 liter) 152.45 ¥     98.49 ¥      -35.39 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,350,000.00 ¥     2,047,100.00 ¥      -12.89 %
 
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] [Edit]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 21,156.79 ¥     16,561.38 ¥      -21.72 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 57.00 ¥     15.21 ¥      -73.31 %
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 3,842.45 ¥     4,726.30 ¥      +23.00 %
 
Sports And Leisure [Edit] [Edit]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 8,859.26 ¥     4,041.61 ¥      -54.38 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,587.50 ¥     1,885.83 ¥      +18.79 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 1,800.00 ¥     1,023.55 ¥      -43.14 %
 
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] [Edit]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 8,146.96 ¥     4,173.83 ¥      -48.77 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 5,347.06 ¥     3,733.92 ¥      -30.17 %
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 8,207.50 ¥     7,805.04 ¥      -4.90 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 10,350.00 ¥     8,529.62 ¥      -17.59 %
 
Rent Per Month [Edit] [Edit]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 106,018.22 ¥     101,645.96 ¥      -4.12 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 60,170.73 ¥     76,789.22 ¥      +27.62 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 209,361.62 ¥     174,044.36 ¥      -16.87 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 121,939.39 ¥     131,194.12 ¥      +7.59 %
 
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] [Edit]
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 573,019.54 ¥     196,974.97 ¥      -65.63 %
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 405,921.59 ¥     126,261.12 ¥      -68.90 %
 
Salaries And Financing [Edit] [Edit]
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 289,186.43 ¥     333,567.72 ¥      +15.35 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 1.96     4.20      +114.06 %
 
Last updateApril, 2014April, 2014
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Currency: JPY



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