...and people wonder why Japanese players want to play in the Majors.
It's all about the bling folks.
The highest paid Japanese player in Japan is Tomoaki Kanemoto.
You know how much he makes in one year?
About 450M yen.
Kenji Jojima is in the top 5 and he pulls in about 400M yen.
Incidentally, the average NPB salary for players on the active roster in 2009 was about 67M yen.
And get this. The Yankees' 2010 payroll of 18.5B yen ($260M) is almost enough to sign every player on the active roster on ALL 12 NPB teams (19.2B yen).