Is the cost of living in Japan expensive? Should I complain and compare?

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People have a terrible habit of making comparisons and criticizing the cost of living in Japan. They usually talk about taxes, high prices for natural products, and several other expenses that only exist in Japan. In this article I will try to reason why you shouldn't be complaining and making comparisons of the economy of Japan or any other country.

Cost of living in Japan vs Brazil

Natural products

One of the main reasons for price comparisons between Brazil and Japan are fruits, vegetables and natural products. A fruit that in Brazil would cost R$ 1 in Japan costs R$ 10 or more. When a Brazilian ends up seeing this, he imagines that in Japan you don't eat fruits and vegetables, and that the cost of living is absurd. People forget that the currency of Japan is the YEN and not the REAL. The Japanese minimum wage ranges from 4,000 to 10,000 reais. So tell me what's best? Buy expensive fruits with R$ 7,000 or cheap fruits with R$ 800?

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Still people raise a question: Even with the high salary, there are several taxes and debts to be paid every month, with little money left.

O custo de vida no japão é caro? Devo reclamar e comparar?

Monthly Taxes and Expenses

Suppose a Brazilian in Brazil earns R $ 1,500 every month, he pays R$ 1000 for rent, taxes, bills, car expenses and others. Only R$ 500 is left for the poor guy to do the shopping. It would be nice if everyone was that lucky, but many live on rent and earn a salary of R$ 800.

Now suppose a Japanese person earns a total of 300,000 yen a month. Their rental expenses, taxes, transportation, bills and others, leave only 100,000 yen (09/15 = R$ 3,500) there is still a good amount left. This was just to make it clear that in Brazil there are also expenses and taxes, so there is no reason to complain.

Of course, this does not change the fact that fruits are more expensive, and that he will use a small % of salary to buy them. But still people do not stop consuming fruits, on the contrary, Japanese cuisine is rich in natural products, vegetables and fruits. Just forget about the real currency and live with yen. Basically every obento, candy, product you buy, will have some kind of fruit or vegetable.

One thing pays off another

Since you like to compare, let's compare! Japan's wages are high as are the prices of some products, but industrialized and electronic products tend to be the same or cheaper than in Brazil. Now the Brazilian salary? There are very cheap things, but industrialized, electronic and imported products are too expensive for the salary earned.

To illustrate: A Brazilian with his minimum wage when paying expenses and filling his house with vegetables, fruits and meats, has a total of R$ 100 left over to spend with whatever he wants. Aaah, I need a new sofa, a new computer, a cell phone, games for my console, I want to travel to another country! In Brazil people spend years saving money to buy new furniture, or spend a lifetime paying installments for a car.

O custo de vida no japão é caro? Devo reclamar e comparar?

Of course, this also happens in Japan and anywhere in the world. But money in Brazil does not yield! Unless you're rich. As much as fruits and vegetables have a very high price, you can eat every day, and still eat fruits for very little. In Brazil, if you want to buy an Ipad, or travel to another country, you have to sell a kidney, or work all year and save your savings. In Japan every month with a lot of effort and sacrifices you can save some money and buy an Ipad.

The point is that there is no one place more expensive and another cheaper, each has its own style. If many Brazilians go to Japan to work with the objective of gathering money, it is that they know that money can yield there. Others choose to live there for safety. Because in addition to being difficult to collect money in Brazil to buy things, you can easily be robbed.

Of course, there are people with tiny apartments in Japan, or people who live on the edge of their wages. But this is no different from Brazil, and the thousands of people who live in precarious conditions in our country. Just look around and compare the conditions of Brazil and Japan.

Do you really think cost of living in Japan is high for the Japanese? I make it clear that there is no better place than the other, just adapt and stop making comparisons and complaining about things. Complaining will go nowhere, mainly because the world is getting worse and worse no matter where.

O custo de vida no japão é caro? Devo reclamar e comparar?