Cost of Living and Price Reports from Tokyo, Japan. You can download the Excel list of items+prices I posted.

English translation of the monthly report "Retail prices of major products in Tokyo" published by Tokyo Metropolitan government can be downloaded also.

Table of Contents of Statistics/Rankings/Graphs is here.

Top 20 Best-selling Single (Record/CD) of All Time in Japan

The following shows the best selling music singles (record/CD) in Japan (as of 2013). 

Masato Shimon, singer of No.1 hit "Oyoge! Taiyaku-kun" had not made a royalty contract with the record company when he recorded the song. Because he did not think the song was going to be popular. So, he could not get any royalty money despite the song's mega hit, but got only 50,000 yen (approx. $1000) as the recording fee.

  Title Singer (Family name - Given name order) Released date (yyyy/mm/dd) Sales (unit:million copies)
1 Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun  Shimon Masato 1975/12/25 457.7
2 Onna no michi Miya Shirou & Pinkara Trio  1972/5/10 325.6
3 TSUNAMI  Southern All Stars  2000/1/26 293.6
4 Dango san kyodai Hayami Kentaro, Shigemori Ayumi, Himawari Kids, Dango Gasshodan 1999/3/3 291.8
5 Kimi ga irudake de Kome Kome Club 1992/5/4 289.5
6 SAY YES  CHAGE & ASKA  1991/7/24 282.2
7 Tomorrow never knows  Mr.Children  1994/11/10 276.6
8 Oh! Yeah! Oda Kazumasa  1991/2/6 258.8
9 Sekai ni hitotsu dake no hana SMAP  2003/3/5 257.9
10 LOVE LOVE LOVE DREAMS COME TRUE  1995/7/24 248.9
11 YAH YAH YAH CHAGE & ASKA  1993/3/3 241.9
12 Na mo naki uta Mr.Children  1996/2/5 230.9
13 Sakurazaka  Fukuyama Masaharu  2000/4/26 229.9
14 CAN YOU CELEBRATE?  Amuro Namie 1997/2/19 229.6
15 DEPARTURES  globe  1996/1/1 228.8
16 Kuro neko no tango Minagawa Osamu  1969/10/5 223.5
17 WOW WAR TONIGHT H Jungle With t  1995/3/15 213.5
18 Koi no kisetsu Pinky & Killers  1968/7/20 207.7
19 Automatic / time will tell  Utada hikaru  1998/12/9 206.3
20 TRUE LOVE Fujii Fumiya 1993/11/10 202.3

Source is Oricon. http://www.oricon.co.jp/rank/

 

DVD of No. 1 song: Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun 

およげ!たいやきくん(DVD付)

およげ!たいやきくん(DVD付)

 

Related Topics

Table of Contents of Statistics/Rankings/Graphs is here.

In terms of the cost of living information, you can download the Excel price list of goods I posted.

English translation of the monthly report "Retail prices of major products in Tokyo" published by Tokyo Metropolitan government can be downloaded also.