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Yes, there's also a lot of xenophobia, but that's not relevant to this case.

I get triggered whenever Japan is mentioned as an honest and law abiding country with zen buddhist tradition. Makes people think the fence is made of sausages yonder. The reality of the social situation is far worse than what Westerners perceive.

The ideal of being honest and law-abiding fits with your story. There is pressure for them to be perceived this way, whether or not it is true.

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