Regarding quailty, I have owned many of both these Japanese guitars and it is a fallacy that the than the Mexican made guitars and rival many of the USA models.
It just felt like another strat, nothing special compared to mine. What differs generally depends on the relative models and relative years.
and both were being made at the same time from 1994 till 1997.
This means that the the serial numbers starting in 1994 ran consecutively on both the MIJ and the CIJ models while the MIJ logo was being phased out.
Chances are, if at any point in your life you’ve ever considered purchasing an electric guitar, you’ve picked one of these little things up.
It’s Fender’s attempt to make sure that every human being on the planet can own something with their name on it.