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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.

Rate of people who pay TV reception fees

In Japan, a household that has a TV has to pay TV reception fees to NHK (Japan's national public broadcasting organization).  It costs 1,260 yen ($10.68 €9.32) per month. As of 2013, 4.628 million households have TV sets, and 74.8% of them (3.461 million) paid the fees. In other words, some people watch TV without the fee. It is illegal. Every year some free-riders are sued by NHK, and the viewers usually lose cases.

In Okinawa, the rate is low. There are many U.S. military bases in Okinawa, and they refuse to pay the TV reception fees. 

Figure : Rate of people who pay TV reception fees by prefecture

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Prefecture Rate (%)
Akita 96.5
Shimane 93.8
Niigata 92.3
Tottori 90.7
Yamagata 90.6
Iwate 89.8
Aomori 89.4
Toyama 89.3
Yamaguchi 88.6
Fukui 88.1
Gifu 87.0
Nagano 85.7
Hiroshima 84.7
Tochigi 84.3
Kagoshima 84.3
Fukushima 84.2
Shizuoka 83.9
Ishikawa 83.5
Gunma 83.4
Nagasaki 82.7
Saga 81.6
Ibaraki 81.5
Wakayama 81.4
Ehime 81.3
Kagawa 81.2
Okayama 81.1
Yamanashi 81.0
Mie 80.8
Miyagi 80.5
Miyazaki 80.0
Tokushima 79.0
Kumamoto 78.6
Aichi 77.0
Shiga 76.4
Saitama 76.2
Kochi 75.9
Nara 75.3
Chiba 74.7
Oita 74.2
Kanagawa 72.9
Fukuoka 71.5
Hyogo 70.0
Kyoto 69.0
Hokkaido 65.2
Tokyo 63.3
Osaka 59.1
Okinawa 45.0

Source is NHK.

pid.nhk.or.jp/jushinryo/

pid.nhk.or.jp/jushinryo/pdf/osirase_siharairitu25.pdf

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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.