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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.

Salt and Sugar Consumption in Japan

Food

The following chart shows daily salt consumption per capita in Japan from 2003 to 2012. Unit is gram. Men eat more salt than women. Salt consumption is gradually decreasing. 

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare recommends to reduce salt consumption to prevent high blood pressure. 

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Source is Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/houdou/0000032074.html

www.mhlw.go.jp/file/04-Houdouhappyou-10904750-Kenkoukyoku-Gantaisakukenkouzoushinka/0000032813.pdf

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The next graph describes daily sugar consumption per capita from 1960 to 2012. Unit is gram. Sugar consumption is also decreasing year by year. 

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Source is Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

www.maff.go.jp/j/tokei/kouhyou/zyukyu/index.html

www.e-stat.go.jp/SG1/estat/Xlsdl.do?sinfid=000023624742

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The table below presents salt consumption by city. It is the average yearly consumption from 2011 to 2013. Unit is gram.

City Salt consumption (g)
Average 2,248
Yamagata  4,586
Aomori  4,202
Morioka  4,016
Niigata  3,210
Nagano  2,895
Fukushima  2,747
Akita  2,695
Fukui  2,615
Kofu  2,595
Sapporo  2,578
Kanazawa  2,476
Yamaguchi  2,292
Oita  2,213
Nara  2,119
Maebashi  2,114
Saga  2,114
Kumamoto  2,029
Kochi  2,025
Tottori  2,006
Matsue  1,999
Chiba  1,997
Sendai  1,970
Toyama  1,943
Miyazaki  1,941
Tsu  1,941
Sakai 1,911
Hamamatsu  1,882
Wakayama  1,817
Kagoshima  1,813
Mito  1,807
Gifu  1,797
Tokushima  1,769
Hiroshima  1,762
Shizuoka  1,749
Saitama  1,743
Okayama  1,724
Kobe  1,704
Nagasaki  1,660
Naha  1,619
Matsuyama  1,597
Otsu  1,588
Kawasaki  1,581
Kitakyushu  1,579
Takamatsu  1,552
Yokohama  1,523
Tokyo  1,504
Utsunomiya  1,477
Nagoya  1,470
Kyoto  1,459
Fukuoka  1,439
Osaka 1,406

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People in northern Japan buy salt much. Osaka is the last place. It is said people in Kansei area (Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe) like bland foods. 

Source is Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

www.stat.go.jp/data/kakei/zuhyou/rank08.xls

www.stat.go.jp/data/kakei/5.htm

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Next table shows sugar consumption by city in Japan. It is the average yearly consumption from 2011 to 2013 (unit is gram).

City Sugar consumption (g)
Average 6,296
Wakayama  8,106
Matsue  7,807
Miyazaki  7,606
Nagasaki  7,037
Sakai 6,956
Yamagata  6,918
Nagano  6,866
Tottori  6,767
Akita  6,760
Oita  6,747
Kitakyushu  6,481
Matsuyama  6,455
Shizuoka  6,411
Saga  6,316
Kobe  6,196
Hamamatsu  6,177
Kagoshima  6,150
Okayama  6,053
Tsu  6,023
Kumamoto  5,977
Kochi  5,883
Sapporo  5,859
Niigata  5,848
Aomori  5,816
Nara  5,767
Chiba  5,720
Tokushima  5,673
Nagoya  5,647
Mito  5,606
Takamatsu  5,606
Osaka 5,596
Yamaguchi  5,578
Gifu  5,570
Kyoto  5,526
Kofu  5,432
Otsu  5,397
Hiroshima  5,369
Sendai  5,081
Yokohama  5,048
Toyama  5,039
Kanazawa  4,994
Utsunomiya  4,901
Fukushima  4,829
Fukuoka  4,762
Morioka  4,704
Naha  4,631
Fukui  4,629
Maebashi  4,536
Saitama  4,414
Kawasaki  4,176
Tokyo  4,071

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Tokyo is the last place.

Source is Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

www.stat.go.jp/data/kakei/zuhyou/rank08.xls

www.stat.go.jp/data/kakei/5.htm

 

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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.