Japan has a bit of a reputation, you know? If all the nations were in a classroom together, Japan would be the kid who comes from a old, well-respected and traditional family but uses all his energy and effort to get the latest and greatest pop culture thing or electronic gadget, no matter how superfluous or downright lame. And it's not just to show it off, that's that America kid, but just to simply have it.
Which makes the following satire from The Onion so hilarious.
"Japanese government officials confirmed Monday that the damage wrought on Japan's national infrastructure by the July 16th earthquake—particularly on the country's protective force field, quantum teleportation system, zero-point fusion energy broadcasting grid, and psychodynamic communications network—was severe enough to set the technologically advanced island nation back approximately 300 years to a primitive mid-22nd-century state of existence."
From "Earthquake Sets Japan Back to 2147!"