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Why are fruits so expensive to buy in Japan?

Asked by Northcliff, Last updated: Oct 23, 2017

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Sophia Lee Ryan

Sophia Lee Ryan

Sophia Lee Ryan
Sophia Lee Ryan

Answered Oct 23, 2017

Japan’s fruits are so expensive because of three reasons: 1) Expensive real estate – The rent or ownership of real estate is high (higher than some of the countries in the world) and it is even scarce. Since a person who wants to grow fruit which takes several years to mature and bear fruit has to pay a high amount of money for his land area, the price of fruit becomes expensive, too, 2) Obsession with perfection – Japanese are known to want to produce cosmetically perfect fruit.

Hence, they put a great amount of effort and labor to caring and protecting the trees and fruits, and 3) Some fruits are a symbol of status – a perfect example of this is the Yubari King which symbolizes Japan’s wealth. There was one instance wherein it was bought at an auction for around 3 million Japanese Yen or more than 26,000 US dollars.

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