An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Thu Feb 11, 2016 06:13 AM CST

Walking the streets of Tokyo where I lived three decades ago, I was surprised to find inexpensive oranges for sale. In 1980s Japan, fruit was as overpriced as first-class plane tickets. My wife was so outraged she often refused to buy it, even though my employer supplemented my salary with an allowance designed to protect us from Japan's high cost of living.

Today she'd buy oranges in Japan. The prices I saw in late January and early February were still higher than what we pay in Washington, D.C., but not so much higher as to shock a frugal shopper's conscience. ...

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