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Auckland tops Economist's most liveable cities ranking; Osaka 2nd, Tokyo 5th

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Why isn't Seoul in the top 10???

Because it didn't attain a rank between one, and less than eleven.

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Concrete, noise , lack of space, No beach . Dirty, smelly . It’s disgusting.

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@morbius hmmm...beats in everything huh..like what?

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Heaven knows why Auckland is on this list. New Zealand has fallen down a left wing rabbit hole, and is headed in a very bad direction socially and economically.

Auckland as a city has poor public transport, massive problems with traffic, super expensive housing, issues with crime and so on. It does have a nice climate and plenty of recreational options.

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I'd say the only thing Tokyo beats Seoul in is weather and that's just barely. Seoul is way more energetic, lively, lots of things for young people (not old people like Japan) , cheaper living costs, better transport, and more friendly locals w a better grasp of English.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Osaka's great if you don't like parks.

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I do not like big cities and will never live one. But, for a day visit to a larger city Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya are my favorites. Tokyo and the Kanto area are too big and that lifestyle is not for me!

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Boku DayoToday  10:48 am JST

Why isn't Seoul in the top 10???

Because the internet hype some people buy into in no way lives up to reality.... a lot like K-pop and Hyundai cars.

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Aucklands beautiful,

but too small for some

And house prices are a joke

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Why isn't Seoul in the top 10???

Because it didn't attain a rank between one, and less than eleven.

Lol

Okay, Al Jaffee.

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Tokyo is a great place to live, however you must work for an international company that has a very flexible working culture when compared to the local one, and with a very generous salary to be able to afford to enjoy life.

If you miss one of those you’ll not be having a good time.

If you have those covered... you’ll have a great time in Tokyo.

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If we are ranking cities, why would "culture" and "environment" be lumped together? In terms of what is on, London and New York would trounce everywhere on culture, but they have poor environments. Wellington NZ scores 95 on this, but how many important bands, major exhibitions, and major theatrical shows have visited there? Does it have huge scenes of its own? Isn't that how you judge culture?

Switzerland, with all its finishing schools and super-elite boarding schools, is below Osaka on education. Some of this makes no sense at all.

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Lol.. good joke.

You clearly have not been to Seoul then.

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By the way was “ living at the end of the world “ for those NZ and Australian cities a requirement?

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@morbius

entertainment, food, infrastructure, weather, ease of transport. Seoul beats Tokyo in none.

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I'd say the only thing Tokyo beats Seoul in is weather and that's just barely.

Even the weather and air quality in not really Korea's fault as it is created by pollution, dust and desert sand particles blowing south from China.

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And Tokyo is just a massive soulless spread of concrete, chain shops, high end shopping with less and less history and cultural attractions by the year.

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I am surprised Cardiff isn’t on the list!!! ;)

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@ Speed - In case you might have forgotten, parks have trees that give off oxygen and take in CO2 that we breath. Plus, trees provide a shade from the sun and help to relieve stress. Osaka is good enough for me. Great city with busy, but helpful people, surrounded by other cities with culture.

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Why isn't Seoul in the top 10???

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We all have our preferences which makes this “objective” ranking a bit random. No Singapore (maybe too expensive?). Only 4 countries represented? No cities in Portugal - both Porto and Lisbon are fabulous places. Nowhere else in the EU?

Still, must say Tokyo,is a great place to live

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Ohh... the education score isn't 100 in both Tokyo and Osaka huh..Someone's gotta fix that.

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Because the internet hype some people buy into in no way lives up to reality.... a lot like K-pop and Hyundai cars.

Exactly. That's the point.

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Have they been to Osaka?

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lots of things for young people (not old people like Japan)

Not Japan's fault for having high life expectancy. The only thing i agree about in your list is the point about english language proficiency.

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Auckland- worth going for the sailing then.

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You live in Japan and you look for something to make sense ? Funny

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Heaven knows why Auckland is on this list. New Zealand has fallen down a left wing rabbit hole, and is headed in a very bad direction socially and economically.

That's what you guys bandy around your right-wing bubbles. But back in the real world that isn't Trump's America, most people are liberal, and New Zealand is an attractive place to live both physically and for it's society. Not to mention that the people there are quite happy, affluent, and strongly support their government.

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entertainment, food, infrastructure, weather, ease of transport. Seoul beats Tokyo in none.

In all those categories, Seoul is just as good if not better.

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@morbius

I'm not saying Seoul is a bad city. Far from it.

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I live in Auckland.

Don't go there.

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Osaka? You must be kidding.

i lived also in Auckland, surprisingly unsafe with drug and alcohol problems, burglaries…

Tokyo, ok, acceptable as a liveable city

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Really? I have not lived in any of the other cities of the top ten, but it would be difficult for me to imagine both Osaka and Tokyo as examples of the most "liveable" cities. I guess I got used to the local advantages and take them for granted.

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In all those categories, Seoul is just as good if not better.

Lol.. good joke.

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San Diego, New York, Phoenix, San Antonio, Honolulu, Oh--Osaka?!

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Tokyo is a great place to live. My guess is everyone’s list would be different based on their personal preferences

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Have these people ever lived in Osaka or Tokyo? They’re like free range asylums

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Tokyo is my favorite city on this planet.

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Tokyo is a brilliant city to live in. For a city of its size and population it somehow works but I think it's better to live just outside the Yamanote line, where the neighbourhoods are much more old school and interesting.

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Why isn't Seoul in the top 10???

Seoul beats Tokyo and Osaka in everything, except affordable housing and air quality.

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The trend was motivated by a "stress on hospital resources" which the study said increased for most German and French cities and resulted in a "deteriorated healthcare score".

Guess they didn't hear about Osaka's overflowing hospitals with people dying at home because there were no beds.

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This is just temporal, Tokyo will be on the top soon after the pandemics..

Tokyo Best City of the World??.. Like it mor not..

I'd say the only thing Tokyo beats Seoul in is weather and that's just barely. Seoul is way more energetic, lively, lots of things for young people (not old people like Japan) , cheaper living costs, better transport, and more friendly locals w a better grasp of English. And Tokyo is just a massive soulless spread of concrete, chain shops, high end shopping with less and less history and cultural attractions by the year.

The typical bitter comment against Tokyo, what are you waiting for? Seoul awaits you.. LOL !!

San Diego, New York, Phoenix, San Antonio

I wonder why there is no city in the USA in the first positions, is it not because of the immense social problems that the country is currently experiencing??? Armed violence and mass shootings do not sound familiar to you??..

You're funnyyyyy !!!.. lol !!

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

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