Originally Posted by meister
It never ceases to amaze me (as someone who went just about every week to Japan in the late 80s/early 90s) why Japan is 20-50% more expensive thean every other industrialised Tier 1 country.
But then Australia has been a milch cow for importers for years so what's my point?
I've been going to Japan for the last 20 years and, whilst was significantly more expensive more expensive than Australia throughout the 1990s, I find that I actually save money when I go there nowadays as prices for many things in Japan have been stable or have fallen over the past decade, whereas prices for many things have risen dramatically here over that period.
English and American shoes are very expensive in Japan because of high import duties, so as to protect domestic brands such as Regal. For some reason, Italian shoes aren't as expensive, comparatively speaking, as I remember thinking that the Santoni and Ferragamo models were more reasonably priced, whereas Alden, C&J and Edward Green prices were ridiculously high.