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Country vs country: Japan and United States compared: Labor > Working time to buy stats

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  • A car: Hours worked by average worker to buy a car. Indicative of the purchasing power of the currency of the country.
  • A refrigerator: Hours worked by average worker to buy a refrigerator. Indicative of the purchasing power of the currency of the country.
  • A television set: Hours worked by average worker to buy a television set. Indicative of the purchasing power of the currency of the country.
  • Beef: Number of minutes worked by average worker to buy one kilo of beef. The comparison of income levels only becomes meaningful if the cost of buying the necessities and luxuries of life is also considered.
  • Bread: Number of minutes worked by average worker to buy bread.
  • Chicken: Number of minutes worked by average worker to buy one kilo of chicken. The comparison of income levels only becomes meaningful if the cost of buying the necessities and luxuries of life is also considered.
  • Fish: Number of minutes worked by average worker to buy one kilo of fish. The comparison of income levels only becomes meaningful if the cost of buying the necessities and luxuries of life is also considered.
  • Milk: Number of minutes worked by average worker to buy 1 litre of milk.
STAT Japan United States
A car 1,182 hours
Ranked 11th.
1,459 hours
Ranked 8th. 23% more than Japan
A refrigerator 60 hours
Ranked 2nd. 2 times more than United States
29 hours
Ranked 10th.
A television set 15 hours
Ranked 14th. The same as United States
15 hours
Ranked 13th.
Beef 137 minutes
Ranked 1st. 3 times more than United States
50 minutes
Ranked 11th.
Bread 15 minutes
Ranked 1st. 7% more than United States
14 minutes
Ranked 2nd.
Chicken 41 minutes
Ranked 2nd. 3 times more than United States
12 minutes
Ranked 14th.
Fish 62 minutes
Ranked 7th. 7% more than United States
58 minutes
Ranked 8th.
Milk 8 minutes
Ranked 2nd. 3 times more than United States
3 minutes
Ranked 11th.

SOURCES: International Metalworkers' Federation, The Purchasing Power of Working Time 2002: An International Comparison of Average Net Hourly Earnings 2001 (International Metalworkers' Federation, Geneva, 2002)

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