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September 07, 2006

Buying Food in Tokyo

The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries conducts an annual survey of the prices of 29 different food items, including milk, bread, chicken, and other items. Of annual interest is the comparison between Tokyo, New York and Paris, three cities notorious for their high cost of living. The 2005 study marked the first time since 1991 (when these kinds of surveys apparently began) that Tokyo was actually ranked as the cheapest place to live amongst those three.

Using 100 as a base for Tokyo, the price of food in New York stood at 109, and that of Paris weighed in at 105. Both fluctuating currencies as well as a fall in the price of fresh vegetables in Tokyo accounted for the results. Geneva came in at 123, and that was after a fall from the previous year. London was at a relatively thrifty 83.

Mainichi Daily News
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