Cities Where the Dollar is Weakest

Tokyo, Japan's busy center of government, culture, and the economy, has been an expensive place to live for decades. Going to a movie theater costs about $22 per ticket, and renting a two-bedroom apartment easily costs $5,000 per month. Even travelers pay about $50 per night to sleep in capsule hotels, where guests stay in a "room" measuring about 2 meters (6 ft., 7 in.) deep, 1 meter wide, and 1 meter tall. As the yen has strengthened against the dollar, from 110 yen in August 2008 to about 90 yen to the U.S. dollar this month, the cost of living for foreign nationals paid in U.S. dollars has become tangibly more expensive in Tokyo.

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