In Tokyo the renting prices are incredibly high. On average, families with four members live on 30 square meters which costs a minimum of 1000 Euro each month. Other places in Tokyo like Minato have even more expensive renting costs: Each square meter costs 7000 Euro on average (Galileo, 2015).
Just as high as the living costs is the number and range of offered street food stores on the inner streets of Tokyo. More and more people tend to collect their breakfast on the way to work and grab a bite when they walk home. Therefore, kitchens become less and less important. Some new built flats don’t provide any kitchen to decrease the space and, in turn, the renting costs.
According to my Korean flatmate, also in Korea there are less kitchens. Instead of fully skipping them, they provide shared kitchens for several apartments.
Galileo (2015) Wohne Extrem: Wohnungsknappheit in Tokio | Galileo | ProSieben. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVHGkjQF6K0 (Accessed: 28 April 2016).