I read this news ”After Going Viral, Outer Sunset 'Pod Guy' Selling Custom Pods”. The rent cost of LA seems more expensive than Tokyo. I am not sure though. For example, this room is in Kanda area, very center of Tokyo cost 69000yen ($710 or so?). The room has 9.56m size, then it has water place, toilet and small shower at least. If you don’t mind super old apartment, there are less than $300 places in center of Tokoy too. Personally dining out and lunch cost in Tokyo are cheaper than big cities in the U.S. Although cost of foods in the U.S super market are cheaper than Tokyo. Hmm Tokyo is reasonable place to live now I guess.