Curious to hear everybody's opinions on this. I played quite a few of each variety over easter break and I honestly felt like the MIJs were a bit better in every instance. Although I've heard quite a few people say that the new MIJs flat out suck. Of course these are internet opinions, and we all know how much importance some people place on country of manufacture.
Anyways, if you've played them, post up your opinions.
Oh, and the main differences I found were I thought the MIJs had better fretwork and the fretboard edges were also better rolled IMO (on the examples I played). Also of the MIJs I played I thought the wood was more lively on each (though I'm hesitant to judge this in a shop cause of grimy strings/setup/etc).