Tokyo London Comparison Essay

Cost of living in Tokyo, Japan compared to London, United Kingdom

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Food+ 14%
Food in Tokyo (Japan) is 14% more expensivethan in London (United Kingdom)
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥1,079 (£7) £11 - 33%
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ¥653 (£4.41) £6 - 27%
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥502 (£3.39) £4.09 - 17%
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥207 (£1.40) £0.94 + 49%
12 eggs, large ¥334 (£2.25) £3.10 - 27%
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥859 (£5.80) £2.58 + 125%
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥1,216 (£8) £5.04 + 63%
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥835 (£5.64) £2.21 + 155%
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥426 (£2.88) £0.87 + 232%
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥268 (£1.81) £1.73 + 5%
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,718 (£12) £10 + 11%
2 liters of Coca-Cola ¥196 (£1.32) £1.83 - 28%
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥220 (£1.49) £1.04 + 43%
Housing- 19%
Housing in Tokyo (Japan) is 19% cheaperthan in London (United Kingdom)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ¥279,381 (£1,887) £2,471 - 24%
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ¥166,833 (£1,127) £1,758 - 36%
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥20,303 (£137) £196 - 30%
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ¥193,806 (£1,309) £1,642 - 20%
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ¥129,927 (£877) £1,133 - 23%
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ¥14,408 (£97) £154 - 37%
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ¥4,301 (£29) £22 + 32%
40” flat screen TV ¥60,273 (£407) £358 + 14%
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥16,427 (£111) £100 + 11%
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥853 (£5.76) £7 - 14%
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥2,691 (£18) £12 + 50%
Clothes- 18%
Clothes in Tokyo (Japan) is 18% cheaperthan in London (United Kingdom)
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ¥7,342 (£50) £73 - 32%
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ¥3,944 (£27) £33 - 19%
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥9,523 (£64) £73 - 12%
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥14,079 (£95) £96 - 1%
Transportation- 49%
Transportation in Tokyo (Japan) is 49% cheaperthan in London (United Kingdom)
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,705,320 (£18,268) £16,967 + 8%
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥132 (£0.89) £1.21 - 26%
Monthly ticket public transport ¥7,288 (£49) £140 - 65%
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ¥3,581 (£24) £20 + 18%
Personal Care- 15%
Personal Care in Tokyo (Japan) is 15% cheaperthan in London (United Kingdom)
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,210 (£8) £3.68 + 122%
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥1,491 (£10) £8 + 28%
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ¥3,954 (£27) £70 - 62%
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ¥837 (£5.65) £3.13 + 80%
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥587 (£3.97) £1.89 + 110%
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥502 (£3.39) £4.01 - 15%
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥125 (£0.84) £1.75 - 52%
Tube of toothpaste ¥235 (£1.59) £1.97 - 19%
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥3,501 (£24) £19 + 27%
Entertainment+ 4%
Entertainment in Tokyo (Japan) is 4% more expensivethan in London (United Kingdom)
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥5,642 (£38) £35 + 9%
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,402 (£23) £25 - 7%
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥14,767 (£100) £164 - 39%
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥11,181 (£75) £64 + 19%
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥1,019 (£7) £11 - 39%
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥488 (£3.30) £3.13 + 5%
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥561 (£3.79) £5.14 - 26%
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ¥54,188 (£366) £463 - 21%
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥37 (£0.25) £0.16 + 60%
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥13,898 (£94) £73 + 28%
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ¥463 (£3.12) £10 - 70%

These prices were last updated on March 13, 2018. Exchange rate: 0.00675 GBP / JPY

This comparison is based on abundant and consistent data. It is based on 7,612 prices entered by 1,653 different people.

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Cost of living in Tokyo (Japan) is 21% cheaperthan in London (United Kingdom)

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According to the latest Cost of Living Survey from Mercer. Tokyo is in second position, with Ndjamena in Chad in third place. Moscow is in fourth position followed by Geneva in fifth while Karachi is ranked as the world's least expensive city. The survey found that Luanda is three times as costly as Karachi.

From the survey, London (rank 17) is the UK's most expensive city, followed by Aberdeen (149), Glasgow (155), and Birmingham (158). Belfast (182) is ranked as the UK's least expensive city.

The survey covers 214 cities across five continents and measures the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment. New York is used as the base city for the index and all cities are compared against New York. The cost of housing – often the biggest expense for expats - plays an important part in determining where cities are ranked.

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Data summary

Rankings

City

Country

1 LUANDA ANGOLA
2 TOKYO JAPAN
3 NDJAMENA CHAD
4 MOSCOW RUSSIA
5 GENEVA SWITZERLAND
6 OSAKA JAPAN
7 LIBREVILLE GABON
8 ZURICH SWITZERLAND
8 HONG KONG HONG KONG
10 COPENHAGEN DENMARK
11 SINGAPORE SINGAPORE
11 OSLO NORWAY
13 VICTORIA SEYCHELLES
14 SEOUL SOUTH KOREA
15 MILAN ITALY
16 BEIJING CHINA
17 LONDON UNITED KINGDOM
17 PARIS FRANCE
19 TEL AVIV ISRAEL
19 NAGOYA JAPAN
21 SAO PAULO BRAZIL
22 BERN SWITZERLAND
23 NIAMEY NIGER
24 SYDNEY AUSTRALIA
25 SHANGHAI CHINA
26 ROME ITALY
27 NEW YORK UNITED STATES
28 VIENNA AUSTRIA
29 RIO DE JANEIRO BRAZIL
30 ST. PETERSBURG RUSSIA
31 HELSINKI FINLAND
32 DAKAR SENEGAL
33 BANGUI CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
33 MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA
35 AMSTERDAM NETHERLANDS
36 BAKU AZERBAIJAN
37 BRATISLAVA SLOVAKIA
38 GUANGZHOU CHINA
38 NOUMEA NEW CALEDONIA
40 ATHENS GREECE
40 DOUALA CAMEROUN
42 SHENZHEN CHINA
42 DUBLIN IRELAND
44 ISTANBUL TURKEY
45 ABIDJAN IVORY COAST
45 HAVANA CUBA
47 PRAGUE CZECH REPUBLIC
48 BRAZZAVILLE CONGO
49 BARCELONA SPAIN
50 FRANKFURT GERMANY
50 ABU DHABI UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
52 MADRID SPAIN
53 BRUSSELS BELGIUM
54 BAMAKO MALI
55 LUXEMBOURG LUXEMBURG
55 DUBAI UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
55 LOS ANGELES UNITED STATES
55 BRISBANE AUSTRALIA
59 MUNICH GERMANY
60 PERTH AUSTRALIA
61 BERLIN GERMANY
62 LAGOS NIGERIA
62 DJIBOUTI DJIBOUTI
64 COTONOU BENIN
65 KINSHASA DEM. REP. OF THE CONGO
66 BOGOTA COLOMBIA
67 OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA FASO
67 HAMBURG GERMANY
69 DUSSELDORF GERMANY
70 BRASILIA BRAZIL
71 ZAGREB CROATIA
72 ALMATY KAZAKHSTAN
72 LISBON PORTUGAL
74 CANBERRA AUSTRALIA
75 VANCOUVER CANADA
76 STOCKHOLM SWEDEN
76 TORONTO CANADA
78 TAIPEI TAIWAN
78 YAOUNDE CAMEROON
80 BEIRUT LEBANON
81 STUTTGART GERMANY
81 RIGA LATVIA
83 AMMAN JORDAN
83 WHITE PLAINS UNITED STATES
85 NEW DELHI INDIA
86 POINTE A PITRE GUADELOUPE
87 CAIRO EGYPT
88 NAIROBI KENYA
89 MUMBAI INDIA
90 ADELAIDE AUSTRALIA
91 CHICAGO UNITED STATES
91 LOME TOGO
93 SAN FRANCISCO UNITED STATES
94 JAKARTA INDONESIA
94 BUDAPEST HUNGARY
96 WARSAW POLAND
97 ABUJA NIGERIA
98 MONTREAL CANADA
99 LYON FRANCE
100 MIAMI UNITED STATES
100 CARACAS VENEZUELA
102 HONOLULU UNITED STATES
103 TEHRAN IRAN
104 KIEV UKRAINE
104 PORT 0F SPAIN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
106 LUSAKA ZAMBIA
107 ACCRA GHANA
108 CASABLANCA MOROCCO
109 CALGARY CANADA
110 CONAKRY GUINEA
111 DAMASCUS SYRIA
111 WASHINGTON UNITED STATES
113 LIMASSOL CYPRUS
114 QINGDAO CHINA
115 ALGIERS ALGERIA
115 TALLINN ESTONIA
117 TIANJIN CHINA
118 BOSTON UNITED STATES
119 BUCHAREST ROMANIA
120 VILNIUS LITHUANIA
121 HANOI VIETNAM
121 BANGKOK THAILAND
123 SANTIAGO CHILE
124 NANJING CHINA
125 CHENGDU CHINA
126 HOUSTON UNITED STATES
127 PANAMA CITY PANAMA
128 NURNBERG GERMANY
129 MONTEVIDEO URUGUAY
129 SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO
131 SHENYANG CHINA
132 PORT LOUIS MAURITIUS
132 HO CHI MINH CITY VIETNAM
134 DALLAS UNITED STATES
135 LIMA PERU
136 OTTAWA CANADA
137 LJUBLJANA SLOVENIA
138 KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA
139 MANAMA BAHRAIN
139 LEIPZIG GERMANY
141 PORT AU PRINCE HAITI

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