I can't say I'd have any knowledge of a country which wouldn't have rich and unique history. Japanese people also have their faults, just like anybody. I don't find living in Japan any more facinating than I found living in France.
But one thing is easier in Japan: productization (I don't know it that's a real word. Google did it). I can think of anything that would make my life easier, and I'll probably find it for sale already. It can be a smaller oven toaster tray so I could cook my toast at the same time as the sausages, or an iPhone app telling me how steep hills I'd have if I take that road with my bicycle instead of this one, etc. No matter where I want to hang my bathrobe, I'll find the appropriate hook at 100￥ shops to fit my wall construction perfectly without making a hole in the wall, etc. For making everyday a little easier, somebody already made the perfect product for it in Japan.
Then they had it made in China.
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains is often more improbable than your having made a mistake in one of your impossibility proofs. Or in other words: If the truth contradicts deeply held beliefs, that is too bad.