Comparing Tokyo vs Shanghai

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1. Tokyo

22 Reasons why Tokyo is better

Comparing Tokyo vs Shanghai

1.Measurably less rainy days in a year
114vs 129 (Shanghai)
Source: Wikipedia, 2015; WMO, 2015.
2.Noticeably more universities
185vs 34 (Shanghai)
Universities as centres of higher education and research, are important contribution to city’s development. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
3.Notably higher gross domestic product (GDP)
910.9$ billionvs 297$ billion (Shanghai)
The level of GDP shows how rich and productive the city is. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
4.Sizably better globally connected
4.99vs 2.73 (Shanghai)
The Global Cities Index is unique in that it measures global engagement of cities across five dimensions: business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience and political engagement. Source: ATKearney, 2015.
5.Noticeably higher proportion of women
52%vs 49.56% (Shanghai)
There's an oversupply of female population which can be good for single men. Source: Wikipedia, 2015; city's official stats, 2015.
6.Measurably more billionaires from annual Forbes report residing within the city
11vs 8 (Shanghai)
Number of billionaires can indicate if the city has significant agglomerations of personal wealth. Source: Forbes, 2015.
7.Substantially more international corporate headquarters
50vs 6 (Shanghai)
The presence of corporate headquarters shows global economic significance and can offer employment opportunities. Source: CNNMoney, 2015.
8.Substantially smaller humidity rate
61.9%vs 76.8% (Shanghai)
Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. High relative humidity reduces the effectiveness of sweating in cooling the body by reducing the rate of evaporation of moisture from the skin. In general, higher humidity makes climate harder to stand for people. Source: Wikipedia, 2015; WMO, 2015.
9.Notably lower maximum income tax
40%vs 45% (Shanghai)
Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
10.Measurably lower income inequalities
0.25vs 0.44 (Shanghai)
The Gini coefficient is a measure of dispersion, in this case used to show the variation in income. A Gini coefficient of zero expresses perfect equality. A Gini coefficient of one expresses maximal inequality. Lower income inequalities indicate a more equal distribution of wealth and better opportunities for the average citizen. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
11.Is/was a host city of the Olympics
Yesvs No (Shanghai)
Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
12.Notably lower VAT
5%vs 17% (Shanghai)
Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
13.Is a capital city
Yesvs No (Shanghai)
The status of a capital city indicates a great importance of a city for its country, especially for political, diplomatic and lobbying issues. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
14.Gambling is legal within the city
Yesvs No (Shanghai)
Source: city's official website, 2015.
15.Is/was a host city of the Grand Slam
Yesvs No (Shanghai)
Source: Wikipedia, 2015; city's official website, 2015.
16.It has lots of canals
Canals in a city look nice, offer a place to relax and can be used for boating.
17.Much more advanced public transport
Tokyo has the most extensive urban railway network and the most used in the world with 40 million passengers in the metro area daily. There are 882 interconnected rail stations in the Tokyo Metropolis, 282 of which are Subway stations,
18.It is a technology based city in the world
19.Much better food
tokyo has more michelin star restaurants than all European capitals combined
20.More automated bike and car parking facilities
Save spaces and congestion in the city
21.Better facilities for the blind
Subway stations and sidewalks have raised dots and lines on the ground guide blind people through intersections and subway platforms. Streetlights chime different themes when the signal turns green or red
22.It is because it is a technology based city in the world
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2. Shanghai

20 Reasons why Shanghai is better

Comparing Shanghai vs Tokyo

1.Modestly higher average maximum temperature
20.2°Cvs 19.9°C (Tokyo)
Can get very hot but good when doing water sports. Source: Wikipedia, 2015; WMO, 2015.
2.A tad lower unemployment rate
4.5%vs 4.6% (Tokyo)
Low unemployment rate indicates better career opportunities and economic growth. Source: Wikipedia, 2015; city's official stats, 2015.
3.A bit higher average temperature/warmer
16.55°Cvs 16.4°C (Tokyo)
Source: Wikipedia, 2015; WMO, 2015.
4.Clearly lower population density
3600 people/km²vs 6000 people/km² (Tokyo)
Population density shows how cramped or spread out inhabitants are. Cities with high population densities can be considered overpopulated, but the extent to which this is the case depends on factors like quality of housing and infrastructure and access to resources. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
5.Significantly more inhabitants
23 millionvs 13.18 million (Tokyo)
Cities with bigger population usually offer better employment and entertainment opportunities. Big cities attract business, are trade and cultural centres and research hubs. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
6.Significantly younger population
32.26 yearsvs 44.7 years (Tokyo)
Cities with younger population have usually better development perspectives. Young societies are more dynamic and creative. Source: Wikipedia, 2015; city's official stats, 2015.
7.Has smoking ban in public places
Yesvs No (Tokyo)
Source: city's official website, 2015.
8.Clearly cheaper Big Macs (Big Mac Index)
2.27$vs 4.08$ (Tokyo)
The Big Mac Index is published by The Economist as an informal way of measuring the purchasing power parity (PPP) between two currencies. The Big Mac PPP exchange rate between two countries is obtained by dividing the price of a Big Mac in one country (in its currency) by the price of a Big Mac in another country (in its currency). Source: Economist, 2015.
9.Distinctly more big sport facilities (stadiums, arenas, ect.)
12vs 5 (Tokyo)
With more large sport facilities (20,000 seats +), a city is able to organize more important sporting events. Source:, 2015.
10.Distinctly faster population growth
22.15%vs 0.77% (Tokyo)
Population growth is the change in a population over time. The higher the growth the more dynamic society feels. Growth of population can be connected with economic, cultural and social development of the city, which attracts more and more people who want to live in it. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
11.Higher proportion of men
50.44%vs 48% (Tokyo)
There's an oversupply of male population which can be good for single women. Source: Wikipedia, 2015; city's official stats, 2015.
12.There are more skyscraper
because of the higher buildings
14.Highest average IQ of any sub-national territory
IQ is an indication of genetics and economic prospects of the society
15.Higher Total GDP
$550 billion vs $403 billion in PPP in 2015. Nominal GDP wise, $400 billion vs $289 billion
average high school students ranked #1 in the world in reading, science and math
17.Very mulicultural
Most international city in China
18.Most shops doesn't close until 10 pm
You don't have to rush to shops after work
19.Better expatriate life
Shanghai has diverse neighborhoods that make races of all kinds feel at home, while New York is significantly less so.
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