In his letter “Tokyo doesn’t get enough respect”, I don’t know where Satoshi Sato found the information that Osaka has no museum, no concert hall, no drama theater. I find myself in perfect agreement with the Global Livability Survey ranking Osaka higher than Tokyo.
Every person who, like me, has had the chance to live in both cities thinks that Osaka is, in general, far better than Tokyo. It is smaller and cheaper, people are friendlier, and food is far better. Airports, train stations and other facilities are better, the surroundings are much more interesting, and you don’t need to drive three hours to reach anywhere outside the metropolitan area.
The statement that Osaka’s image is that of a lot of “communists and gangsters” shows why Tokyoites will always fall behind the people of Osaka. I invite Sato to check where the politicians’ caste is in Japan before stating that all gangsters are in Osaka, and not to be too envious of the success of the Hanshin Tigers.
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