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The average Japanese family

March 18th, 2010
02:39 PM ET
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  1. Peter Chris

    I strongly disagree that this is an average family in Tokyo. This report is bias. I hardly know anyone in Tokyo driving a car to go to work. This family obviously lives in the prefecture of Tokyo rather than the city of Tokyo. The average earnings for a job in Tokyo prefecture might be $50,000, but not in Tokyo City where the cost of living is much higher. Prices in Tokyo and in Japan have become much more in line with prices around the world. The fact that the family cannot buy a house is good news as we have seen the consequences in the U.S. of families being able to buy houses that they cannot afford. The fact that China is rising next door is also good news. I go to Japan every year and I don't understand how the commentator feels "everywhere" that Japan is slipping. The fact is that Japan is much more civilized, safer, and cleaner than most western countries. The unemployment rate might be higher than in its past, but isn't worse than anywhere else. Also you don't see the homeless at every street corner like you see in many western countries.

    March 19, 2010 at 1:44 am | Reply

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