You can go for either breed as both are intelligent and are easy to trained provided a right environment is provided. Whenever you decide on which breed will be best to keep, look at the purposes for their breeding. Labs are essentially retrievers bred to fetch fish nets from lakes, in America. They were natural athletes. Latter, this breed was brought to UK where they were bred for show purposes. They were bred to be heavier, keeping their natural instinct safe.
Labs required good amount of exercise in form of brisk walking and running. So, if you live in active lifestyle, prefer to go on daily walks in morning and evening, Labs can be good pets. Along with lot of exercise, they require plently of mental stimulation in form of daily plays.
Japanese Spitz need moderate amount of exercise inform of daily walks which will keep them happy and lively.
In either breed, the training right from the beginning is important.