COST OF LIVING: Land of the Rising Prices

Land of the Rising Prices

"Potatoes are cheaper, tomatoes are cheaper," goes the Depression-era song, but you won't hear them singing it in Japan. A new survey comparing U.S. consumer prices with their Japanese counterparts confirms what travelers have been saying for years: Japan is a bargain hunter's nightmare. On average, consumer costs in Tokyo run 40% higher than those in New York City.

A joint project of the U.S. Commerce Department and Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry, the study examined the comparative prices of 122 products ranging from catsup to cameras. The results: 84 items were priced higher in Japan's capital than in...

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