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View Poll Results: Which state is Japan 2.0?
California 15 75.00%
Florida 1 5.00%
Neither, another state is more similar (please specify which one) 4 20.00%
Voters: 20. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-04-2022, 11:27 AM
 
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This is a tough one as both states share similarities with Japan, but overall I have to lean towards California with the topography (mountains and coastline), earthquakes more similar cities, technology hub, and of course a larger Asian population. Florida is similar with the climate (hot, humid summers), infrastructure (Florida's Turnpike and the Brightline Train), an elderly population, and more conservative politics/culture.
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Old 04-04-2022, 12:08 PM
 
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Old 04-04-2022, 02:50 PM
 
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This is not a "tough one". Nothing about Florida is the least bit similar to Japan. Only a small portion of Japan shares a similar climate with Florida - and that being in its outer, sparsely-populated extremities. Even so that is a meaningless similarity.

The better poll options would have been California or Hawaii.
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Old 04-04-2022, 02:53 PM
 
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I'd tend to agree, though California could give Hawaii a run for its money in some areas.
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Old 04-04-2022, 03:14 PM
 
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I'd tend to agree, though California could give Hawaii a run for its money in some areas.
Hawaii is similar for having the largest Japanese population, but I always thought it is more similar to Okinawa than mainland Japan (Honshu).
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Old 04-04-2022, 04:49 PM
 
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Hawaii is similar for having the largest Japanese population, but I always thought it is more similar to Okinawa than mainland Japan (Honshu).
This is what my old landlady says (she's a Japanese American in Hawaii whose family comes from Okinawa). Having spent a little time in the Okinawa area as well as on the mainland, I can agree in many ways. That said, I also think that percentage of Japanese/Japanese American population goes a long way to having an area be more similar to Japan as you're more likely to get a more closely aligned culture and what not, which is a big factor in my choice here.
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Old 04-05-2022, 07:57 AM
 
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It's hard to say whether Japan is liberal or conservative by American standards. Gay marriage is still illegal. But they have universal healthcare and strict gun control laws, are much less religious, and people there marry later than in America.
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Old 04-05-2022, 08:55 AM
 
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It's hard to say whether Japan is liberal or conservative by American standards. Gay marriage is still illegal. But they have universal healthcare and strict gun control laws, are much less religious, and people there marry later than in America.
"Liberal" and "conservative" are terms that are relative to the contemporary western and republican political paradigm.

They don't apply to East Asian political paradigms, especially one with a monarchy such as Japan.
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Old 04-05-2022, 10:00 AM
 
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"Liberal" and "conservative" are terms that are relative to the contemporary western and republican political paradigm.

They don't apply to East Asian political paradigms, especially one with a monarchy such as Japan.
Out of the two parties they have in Japan, the leadership in the parliament has mostly been of the party whose policies are more similar to the American GOP, at least when it comes to fiscal issues.
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Old 04-05-2022, 10:28 AM
 
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"Liberal" and "conservative" are terms that are relative to the contemporary western and republican political paradigm.

They don't apply to East Asian political paradigms, especially one with a monarchy such as Japan.
I agree that things don't fit neatly into the conservative-liberal analysis that we have for American/western democratic politics, though I think it's an interesting debate on the impact that monarchy in Japan would have on things.
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