Japan seems to look at the world in a completely unique way. This should have been a warning to us: the fact that the American occupation of Japan worked so well should have been a warning that it would certainly not work anywhere else.
Don't think, though, that Japan is crazier than any other country. We all have our own odd characteristics; we just don't notice them, in the same way we do not usually see our own noses.
This reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend when I came back from spending 3 months in Denmark and Germany. I told him that nothing says "America" like two football helmets shooting lightning at each other, colliding, and exploding. "I never noticed; it just seems so natural." Of course he was exaggerating, but there is a sense in which this seems appropriate, in spite of the fact that it is obviously nonsense.