First of all let me say that I agree with most which Mikhalia have said in this thread but this:
Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
2) "word based language", as opposed to what? Other languages that don't have words? Statistically speaking, English is the second most difficult language to learn after Chinese. Japanese is a far easier language to learn than English.
that's just wrong, I'll be glad to get the source and have a talk with the persons which presents said statistics.
Being a foreign to both English and Japanese and after have studied and learned both (to an extent) I can easily say that Japanese learning curve is far more steeped than English, in fact I can tell you that English is so immersed in practically everything now days, that regardless the actual difficulty most people will have an easier time learning it than any other language.
Between Chinese and Japanese it's a tough call, Chinese has more Kanjis, Japanese has far more complex grammar and 3 writing systems, but either way it would be tough to say, with both the difficulty rest on learn how to write and read them, which can easily take years of dedicated study, from there you can attempt to learn the rest.