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Beijing is the second most expensive city in Asia for expatriates, jumping up the ranking from fifth place last year while Tokyo still tops the list despite a sharply weaker yen, a survey showed Thursday. However, Tokyo was toppled as the world's most expensive city by the Venezuelan capital Caracas, falling globally to 10th place owing to the softer Japanese currency, according to the survey by management consultancy firm ECA International. "Although the Chinese government has allowed the renminbi to appreciate steadily against the US dollar and food and oil prices in China have been rising, Beijing's jump up the ranking is largely due to Japanese locations becoming so much cheaper because of the weaker yen," said Lee Quane, ECA's regional director for Asia. In the current ranking of the 10 costliest cities in Asia, Tokyo and Beijing are followed by Nagoya, Shanghai, Yokohama, Seoul, Osaka, Hong Kong, Singapore and Guangzhou.
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