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Naruto uses a currency called the ryō (両).

The ryō (両) is the currency used in the Naruto world. It is based on an old Japanese gold coin that was used in Japan before the Meiji period. It was later replaced by the yen. The exchange rate of a ryō is 10 yen

(from http://naruto.wikia.com/wiki/Ryō)

This means 1 ryo ~ 0.1 USD.

From what I can see the villagers pay money for all the missions completed. According to the wikia,

  • The reward for a D-rank mission is between five thousand and fifty thousand ryō
  • The reward for a C-rank mission is between thirty thousand and 100 thousand ryō.
  • The reward for a B-rank mission is between 150 thousand and 200 thousand ryō.
  • The reward for an A-rank mission is between one hundred fifty thousand and a million ryō
  • The reward for an S-rank mission is more than a million ryō

From what I can observe, if you earn 5k ryō a day for 200 days a year (1 D-Rank mission per day), you have 1 million ryō viz. $100k per annum. Not bad for doing oddball jobs. This doesn't seem like a feasible economy to me.

However, since all this information is available in databooks etc., has Kishimoto ever suggested how this economy would function?

Or is this another case of WritersCannotDoMath?

  • If you have access to subtitles of all episodes, you can Ctrl+F for related keywords and hope to find some info about it. – Hakase Aug 29 '16 at 13:16
  • @Hakase There is not much in the Manga/Anime as such. I was wondering if someone remembers something Kishi himself said about the economics of Ninja village in a talk/databook i.e. other official sources – Arcane Aug 29 '16 at 22:15
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D-Rank missions were indeed overpaid, Kishimoto probably had no clue what he was doing when he said that 1 ryo equals 10 yen. But first, in each year, only 9 out of 27 graduates will be chosen to become a Genin, while the rest of course will be send back to the academy. This cuts down the quantity to the minimum, only 9 Genin are introduced to the mission per year.

Missions are assigned by either Jounin-sensei (if they still have a mentor) or Hokage himself. Almost all missions are non-repeatable, which means the completed missions will be removed from the mission list. However, it is the client who decides the amount of money to pay the village (you can refer to here), and then the village will pay the person who completed the mission. Not sure whether the village charges the fee or not, but probably yes in common sense.

Despite their high income, they might spend most of their money on ninja tools supplies such as shurikens, kunais, scrolls, bombs, etc. Shinobi use a lot of weapons and traveling goods, and that compensation probably is a supplement, rather than the real income.

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