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View Poll Results: Where do you like better?
California 22 64.71%
Japan 12 35.29%
Voters: 34. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-29-2008, 12:53 AM
 
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Both places are similar, about the same size. Both have mountains for hiking and skiing, and the ocean for surfing, boating, etc. Both are densely populated and have many big cities. Both are innovative in technology, and have a high cost of living. California will become even more like Japan when they get their bullet train up and running, so long as the budget crisis doesn't hold it back. The only difference is California is diverse, while Japan's population is 99% Japanese, and the climates are different.
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:15 AM
 
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I have lived in both. The places are so totally different that I can't possibly say which one I like better. I really don't think that the two places are similar at all, except that they are about the same size, and both expensive to live in.

They are both very good in their own ways, and very bad in their own ways. If all things were the same right now, I would pick Japan. But in the long term I would settle in California.
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Old 12-29-2008, 02:09 AM
 
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The similarities you point out hardly make two places similar. The feel, culture, society, cityscape, nothing can really compare.
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Old 12-29-2008, 04:55 AM
 
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Common! You can obviously not compare these...
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:57 AM
 
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True the two are about the same size and have earthquakes and mountains but that's it. Japan is way more heavily populated and denser. Being it's a country of Islands, Japan has way more coast line. Japan has a totally different climate with much more rain and humidity,colder winters, hotter summers and hurricanes. Japans economy has more manufacturing and exports.

Not to mention California for the most part is a very new culture where as Japan is an ancient culture with modern technology. People in California are very individualistic like most Americans (probably more so) where as Japanese have an all for one group mentality. The differences go on and on.
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:59 AM
 
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Both places are similar, about the same size. Both have mountains for hiking and skiing, and the ocean for surfing, boating, etc. Both are densely populated and have many big cities. Both are innovative in technology, and have a high cost of living. California will become even more like Japan when they get their bullet train up and running, so long as the budget crisis doesn't hold it back. The only difference is California is diverse, while Japan's population is 99% Japanese, and the climates are different.
Um... isn't California made up of 100% Californians?
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:50 AM
 
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Isn't part of california going to float across the pacific towards japan one day anyway?
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Old 12-30-2008, 07:31 PM
 
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Japan definitely, but Cali would be a close second!
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:31 PM
 
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What is the climate like in Japan? That would be a deciding factor for me. California has great weather. Particularly Southern California.
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:05 PM
 
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What is the climate like in Japan? That would be a deciding factor for me. California has great weather. Particularly Southern California.
Japan has tropics and snow. It's a big place.
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