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White appliance prices jump in Japan over past 10 years

Washing machines soar 90% as makers focus on highly functional 'smart' machines

Retail prices of washing machines in Tokyo averaged 188,324 yen ($1,742) in 2019, up about 90% from 101,207 recorded in 2009.

TOKYO -- Prices of refrigerators, washing machines and other "white goods" are rising in Japan, pushing up the earnings of domestic electronics makers.

The average price of washing machines has soared about 90% over the past 10 years, while air conditioners and refrigerators have risen about 20%.

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