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.

Changes in Welfare (Public Assistance) Amount in Japan, 1986-2012

There is Public Assistance system to support poor people in Japan. The government gives poor families some amount of money every month. Not all poor families can receive the welfare, but some poor families in the specific condition can receive the welfare. Families who have their own house or spare financial assets cannot receive the welfare.
The system of Public Assistance is complicated and it is hard to say how much money they can receive. However, there is the standard basic amount for the model family (3 members; 33 years-old adult, 29 years-old adult, 4 years-old child). In 2012 the basic amount was 156,810 yen ($1,363.57 €1,081.45) for a family every month. The actual amount is higher than it, because usually the supplemental amount is given. The following shows the changes in the standard basic amount for a model family in Japan, 1986-2012 (unit yen/per month).

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Year Yen per month for a family
1986 126,977
1987 129,136
1988 130,944
1989 136,444
1990 140,674
1991 145,457
1992 149,966
1993 153,265
1994 155,717
1995 157,274
1996 158,375
1997 161,859
1998 163,316
1999 163,806
2000 163,970
2001 163,970
2002 163,970
2003 162,490
2004 162,170
2005 162,170
2006 162,170
2007 162,170
2008 162,170
2009 162,170
2010 162,170
2011 162,170
2012 162,170
2013 156,810

Source is National Institute of Population and Social Security Research.

www.ipss.go.jp/s-info/j/seiho/seiho.asp 「生活保護」に関する公的統計データ一覧

www.ipss.go.jp/s-info/j/seiho/seihoH26/H26-27.xlsx

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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.