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View Poll Results: Which city do you prefer?
Tokyo 100 62.89%
Los Angeles 59 37.11%
Voters: 159. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-15-2010, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Mountain Home, Arkansas
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I don't know where you pulled out the stats, but I like it.
Americans are intelligent and extra-generous; don't believe me? do a search on "Marshall Plan", you might just find out who are airheads.
ok not ALL of us are. but not ALL americans are extra-generous. i have seen plenty of rude people just here in AR and its worse in major cities. ESP if you have a bumper sticker that says "why am i the only person in the world who knows how to drive" LOL so many ppl gave me rude gestures with their face lol its hilarious what a bumper sticker will do huh?
Now intelligent americans? considering everyone i see cusses and slouches doesnt give me the impression they r intelligent. gives me the impression they r not smart.
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Old 02-15-2010, 02:22 PM
 
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considering everyone i see cusses and slouches doesnt give me the impression they r intelligent. gives me the impression they r not smart.
You see more of this behavior only in the last couple of years right?
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Old 02-15-2010, 03:10 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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I want LA to be more like Tokyo in a lot of ways.

My vote goes for LA since it'd be much easier for me to live there given that my Japanese speaking abilities consist of a few stock phrases from anime and the ability to name various food items. However, I do think Tokyo is the better city.

Pluses for LA might be the possibility of fairly low cost-of-living, access to fairly great beaches, mountains, and deserts, very mild climate, better opportunities for certain occupations, several great institutes of higher education, a fantastic arts and music scene (not to say Tokyo's isn't great, but it's different), and a good variety and abundance of loose men and women. For those who love driving, car ownership is much easier in LA and there are a lot of great daytrips both within and right outside the metro.

I want the crime and poverty rates of Tokyo in Los Angeles. And the public transportation system. And nationalized health care. Maybe some of the cleanliness, but probably not all.
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Old 02-15-2010, 03:30 PM
 
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I want LA to be more like Tokyo in a lot of ways.

My vote goes for LA since it'd be much easier for me to live there given that my Japanese speaking abilities consist of a few stock phrases from anime and the ability to name various food items. However, I do think Tokyo is the better city.

Pluses for LA might be the possibility of fairly low cost-of-living, access to fairly great beaches, mountains, and deserts, very mild climate, better opportunities for certain occupations, several great institutes of higher education, a fantastic arts and music scene (not to say Tokyo's isn't great, but it's different), and a good variety and abundance of loose men and women. For those who love driving, car ownership is much easier in LA and there are a lot of great daytrips both within and right outside the metro.

I want the crime and poverty rates of Tokyo in Los Angeles. And the public transportation system. And nationalized health care. Maybe some of the cleanliness, but probably not all.
For your pluses, beaches are near tokyo, so are mountains (its japan!), the arts and music scene is entirely based on taste. "Loose men and women", you can go to roppongi for that, and afaik the red light districts in Tokyo are much safer and larger than anywhere in the US. For car ownership I would agree I guess, but I dont think sitting in LA traffic during rushour to get to your job is a plus..
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:22 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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For your pluses, beaches are near tokyo, so are mountains (its japan!), the arts and music scene is entirely based on taste. "Loose men and women", you can go to roppongi for that, and afaik the red light districts in Tokyo are much safer and larger than anywhere in the US. For car ownership I would agree I guess, but I dont think sitting in LA traffic during rushour to get to your job is a plus..
The beaches near Tokyo are going to be vastly different from those in Los Angeles (as well be the conditions since LA is sunny and fairly warm throughout the year). The mountains are pluses for both cities, so that's agreed. Not so much the deserts though.

The sheer availability and variety in Los Angeles is pretty obscene, and I wasn't referring to red light districts. I agree that LA traffic can be terrible depending on where one works and lives--that's a definite con--but the plus side to it was the ease of ownership and the variety of places you can day/weekend trip to because of the ease of ownership and the diversity of places to go to (various neighborhoods and attractions in LA, places to ski, deserts to wander, casinos to gamble in, Tijuana to get stupid drunk, forest trails to hike, beaches to surf, amusement parks to be amused by).
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Outside of Los Angeles
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I don't have a car and I don't ever plan on getting one anyway. It costs too much money to maintain. The ease of ownership in L.A.? Well think about it this way: in Tokyo a person can get on a subway and go where ever they want to. Yes the subways in Tokyo are crowded but that beats having to constantly drive everywhere and deal with idiotic drivers. My mother even tells me that I'm not missing anything by not driving. I don't see how going to Tijuana to get drunk is an advantage. I'm not a gambler so casinos don't mean much to me. The only real advantages for me personally that I see being in L.A. compared to Tokyo is that my family is here and that I can speak the English language. That's not to say that L.A. is a bad place. Its been home to me for over 26 years. But if my Japanese language skills were as good as my English, then Tokyo would be on a list of destinations I'd move to.
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:52 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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I don't have a car and I don't ever plan on getting one anyway. It costs too much money to maintain. The ease of ownership in L.A.? Well think about it this way: in Tokyo a person can get on a subway and go where ever they want to. Yes the subways in Tokyo are crowded but that beats having to constantly drive everywhere and deal with idiotic drivers. My mother even tells me that I'm not missing anything by not driving. I don't see how going to Tijuana to get drunk is an advantage. I'm not a gambler so casinos don't mean much to me. The only real advantages for me personally that I see being in L.A. compared to Tokyo is that my family is here and that I can speak the English language. That's not to say that L.A. is a bad place. Its been home to me for over 26 years. But if my Japanese language skills were as good as my English, then Tokyo would be on a list of destinations I'd move to.
You can take going to Tijuana to get stupid drunk and as more indicative of being able to drive to a foreign country. I understand Tokyo has a great mass transit system--that's why I wrote how much I wanted LA to have one as well.

Owning and maintaining a car in Tokyo is prohibitively expensive. Compared to Tokyo, and most cities in the rest of the developed world, owning a car in LA is cheap. Back when I was living in LA (not so long ago), I bought a ten-year-old jalopy for six hundred dollars and bought the cheapest insurance possible.
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Mountain Home, Arkansas
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Tokyo itself is the worlds largest city! ( i just wonder how with so many people could their be great public transportation) and if Japan dont increase fertility rates their population will be cut in half!
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Mountain Home, Arkansas
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I want LA to be more like Tokyo in a lot of ways.

My vote goes for LA since it'd be much easier for me to live there given that my Japanese speaking abilities consist of a few stock phrases from anime and the ability to name various food items. However, I do think Tokyo is the better city.

Pluses for LA might be the possibility of fairly low cost-of-living, access to fairly great beaches, mountains, and deserts, very mild climate, better opportunities for certain occupations, several great institutes of higher education, a fantastic arts and music scene (not to say Tokyo's isn't great, but it's different), and a good variety and abundance of loose men and women. For those who love driving, car ownership is much easier in LA and there are a lot of great daytrips both within and right outside the metro.

I want the crime and poverty rates of Tokyo in Los Angeles. And the public transportation system. And nationalized health care. Maybe some of the cleanliness, but probably not all.
no gangs either!
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:55 PM
 
Location: LA, US / Malmo, SWE
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no gangs either!
Who cares, have you ever had a problem with gangs?
I mean you don't have to go to South Central at 3 AM and walk around. Most of LA is very safe.
Even if I don't really like LA, I wouldn't live in Tokyo instead.
I'd go with Bangkok instead, or Shanghai.
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