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Personal income in Okinawa lowest in Japan

Date Posted: 2008-02-10

Okinawa is once again registering at the bottom of Japan’s 47 prefectures, this time in personal income earned.
A report by the Japan Cabinet Office, which tracks every prefecture’s economic statistics, shows Okinawans earned an average of ¥2,021,000 in 2005, less than half that of the average Tokyo resident. Tokyo’s average personal income is ¥4,778,000, an increase of 5.8%. Wakayama Prefecture reported an income surge of 6.4%, and Yamaguchi Prefecture reports earnings up 5.5%.
Seven prefectures recorded earning drops. They included Hokkaido, Kyoto and Osaka, with Okinawa at the bottom of the heap. Officials note, however, that Okinawa’s living expenses are lower than mainland Japan, and the same income is not required to match standards of living. Still, statisticians point out that Tokyoites’ income rose at a solid rate, while Okinawa, similarly, saw declines.

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