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 Popular Authors in Japan, 2016

Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper coducted a survey "Who are your favorite Japanese authors?" in September. According to it, Keigo Higashino is the most popular author in 2016.

Table: Top 20 Popular Authors in Japan, 2016

Rank Author Total votes Men's votes Women's votes
1 Keigo Higashino 61 29 32
2 Ryotaro Shiba 32 22 10
2 Miyuki Miyabe 32 7 25
4 Haruki Murakami 29 12 17
5 Jun Ikeido 23 18 5
5 Seicho Matsumoto 23 13 10
7 Kanae Minato 22 4 18
8 Jiro Akagawa 20 4 16
9 Shotaro Ikenami 19 13 6
10 Kotaro Isaka 16 9 7
11 Soseki Natsume 15 4 11
12 Shuhei Fujisawa 14 12 2
13 Hiro Arikawa 13 3 10
13 Kyotaro Nishimura 13 7 6
15 Jiro Asada 12 8 4
15 Naoki Hyakuta 12 11 1
17 Toyoko Yamasaki 12 4 8
18 Yasuo Uchida 11 6 5
19 Hiroyuki Itsuki 10 7 3
20 Yasunari Kawabata 9 1 8
         

Source is Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, article on Oct 24 in 2016.

Image: "The Devotion of Suspect X" by Keigo Higashino, most popular author

Devotion of Suspect X

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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.