Since the dishes here are different , meats are generally cut / sliced differently than in the USA . There is not meat sold with bones still attached for example . No leg quarters or pork shoulder . Despite the recent rise of the US dollar - to around 94 yen to a dollar - it’s still in the toilet compared to years ago , so there is no point quoting prices at current exchange rates . Chicken is very reasonably prices , some cuts cheaper than in the US . Much of the pork we buy is from the USA , therefore inexpensive . Beef is high , but not that much higher than the USA unless you buy Japanese beef .
Stateside, per pound sale prices for cheap cuts of meat like boneless round steak, boneless thighs and boneless pork shoulder are $2, $1.30 and $1.50 respectively. I have heard that beef in Japan is $10 per pound