Pros and cons of learning to speak Mandarin vs. Japanese?

I’m thinking of learning either Mandarin or Japanese for my second language. Technically, I have some background in Spanish, but I really dislike it, so I’d like to learn something completely different and I’m very interested in doing study abroad in either China or Japan. Obviously my first language is English. I was wondering if you could give me some pros and cons to the languages themselves — I have heard that Japanese is harder to learn for English speakers? But I also heard that both have a very rigid grammatical structure and don’t have the complicated verb conjugations that you have to deal with in Spanish. Anyway… thoughts?

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