I think I know the answer to that, Sniper. From all that I see, as a nation the Japanese are like those Alpha Male types that you get in the armed forces, (dare I say it, the ones in special forces units in particular) - they have no Off switch.
Add to that a culture where being willing to "go that extra mile" is considered the peak of social status, and you end up with a lunatic situation where otherwise sensible people will make fools of themselves to demonstrate how "good" they are...
Of course, in Japan, you would never just say "No, what kind of fool do you take me for ? !" because it would be not the done thing... even the rebels in Japan have a behaviour
al code ! And in the US, I daresay the rewards offered are great enough that people are willing to be that stupid just to get ahead of the rat race ?
Us Brits of course, being into service industries that don't actually physically DO anything, have an entertainment industry that does not spend money on doing these things, but rather just makes TV programmes using clips from these awful foreign shows - and so we secretly congratulate ourselves on not being foolish enough to go in for that trash. Thus demonstrating another sort of moral and contextual blindness.
Now, if only we could link up Healingwell with the laundry detergent manufacturers, I think we could have a win/win situation where funding would dramatically rise and shorts dramatically fall...
How d'ya feel about
being a TV star in your dotage ?