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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.

Commuting time of workers in Japan, 2011

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Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications conducts surveys of people's "time use" every 5 years. The latest survey was taken in 2011.

Many workers in the Greater Tokyo take much time to commute to work. But the average time of statistics tells "commuting time is not so long". Because the statistics include data of weekends and part-timers who work near their homes. To see more realistic figure, I picked up one data "commuting time of working husbands who has under 6 years-old kid(s)". 

According to it, residents in the Greater Tokyo (Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo regions) consume much time for commuting relatively. Nara is a suburb of the big city Osaka. 

Please see also another article Commuting Time of Workers in Tokyo. It tells the average time is 58 minutes (one-way) in the Greater Tokyo. I think those stats are more realistic to my personal impression.

Figure: Average commuting time (round trip) of working husbands who has under 6 years-old kid(s), in 2011

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  round trip time (min)
Average  57
Hokkaido   40
Aomori  31
Iwate  46
Miyagi  51
Akita  46
Yamagata  40
Fukushima  39
Ibaraki  44
Tochigi  47
Gunma  52
Saitama  76
Chiba  75
Tokyo  66
Kanagawa  90
Niigata  28
Toyama  39
Ishikawa  44
Fukui  38
Yamanashi  47
Nagano  46
Gifu  42
Shizuoka  42
Aichi  63
Mie  55
Shiga  42
Kyoto   56
Osaka  61
Hyogo  59
Nara   70
Wakayama  41
Tottori  33
Shimane  38
Okayama  52
Hiroshima   40
Yamaguchi  38
Tokushima  42
Kagawa  41
Ehime  34
Kochi   46
Fukuoka   44
Saga   37
Nagasaki  36
Kumamoto  43
Oita  37
Miyazaki  32
Kagoshima  36
Okinawa  41

Source is Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

www.e-stat.go.jp/SG1/estat/Xlsdl.do?sinfid=000014895587

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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.