I'm asked all the time why things in Japan just seem 'better' (and I use this the term better lightly), this basically sums up Japan.
Adversity to change, is the reason a lot of our traditions are still intact. And lots of inefficiency and careful double, triple, even quadruple checks for the most mundane things makes for perfection. Good, bad, or indifferent, to live here everyday is pretty annoying (or mendoukusai as we say in Japanese) but the trade-off is this unmatched attention to detail that makes a lot of things in this country incredible.
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