As someone currently taking Japanese in college, I admire the hell out of anyone who has travelled down that road and lived to tell the tale. Japan is a weird place (they even had a game show called I Survived A Japanese Game Show!) - but also pretty amazing. I would love to go there, just to experience something drastically different than I have seen before and to get a better understanding of their way of life.
One example of the unique way Japan does things was announced today, as Japanese cable giant J:COM announced that it will add electricity to its cable TV, phone and internet services to apartments later this year.
Japan is hurting with electricity, with only two of its 50 nuclear reactors currently working after last year's Fukushima Dai-ichi plant crisis. Prices are rising for consumers and J:COM wants some of that money. It will provide electricity to up to 10,000 customers, as a kind of trial run.
Could you imagine Time Warner doing something like this?
More than 50 percent of the households in Japan have cable, with 3.7 million households supplied by J:COM. J:COM is the country's largest multi-service provider and last month announced a merger with Japan Cablenet, with the new company having more than 50 percent of the total market share of cable purchases.