People still have impression that the cost of living in Tokyo is pretty high. However because of the long deflation, it is not true anymore. Here is the latest ranking "Cost of Living Index 2016". Appearently Switzerland, North Europe and UK and USA is mush higher than Tokyo. I went to Seattle for 10 days and back to Tokyo two days ago. Then I could feel it by myself with my own experience.
Most of all, the foods cost in the restaurant. This is the chart of the average lunch cost of workers in Japan. Because of the Abenomics? The cost has a bit up thought, it is still less than $7. So what a kind of lunch they are eating by less than $7? We have 500yen coin and 500yen lunch is called "one coin lunch". Here is the photos when I search with the words "one coin lunch". Looks great right?
The Government try to emerge from deflation, but it is not easy. Actually just cheap and nasty things and service disappeared, I feel we have better quality and service than before. This can be a good sample, "Genka bar" is a Japanese bar. Thier charge system is interesting. You need to pay 1600yen as enter charge, but all menu are sold at cost, a glass of beer is 180yen ($1.7), a glass of Macallan is also 180yen. So even you drink THREE glass of beer and TWO glass of whisky and eat ROAST BEEFf and TACO RICE, the bill is just $30 or so. great right?