Average per capita income up for fourth straight year

The national average per capita income has increased for the fourth consecutive year, according to the Annual Report on Prefectural Accounts for fiscal 2007 released by the Cabinet Office.

The figure, averaged from prefectural averages, came to approximately 3.05 million yen, a 0.7 percent increase from fiscal 2006. While the variation coefficient dropped for the first time in six years, it still remained high, indicating wide disparities in income among prefectures; there was a nearly 2.5 million yen difference between prefectural per capita income in top-earning Tokyo and Okinawa Prefecture, which came in last place.

Twenty-nine prefectures experienced an increase from the previous fiscal year.