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Odds and Ends
3 5, 1:05am
The Japanese had a rather unusual reaction to being defeated by the Americans in WWII. Their whole culture at the time, and all their own war propaganda, was that they were divinely fated to be victorious conquerors (as in, the gods they believed in wanted them to win). So when the USA crushed them so decisively, a lot of Japanese people started wondering if maybe the gods (or these foriegner's One God) favoured the American people more than they were, so many of them strove to imitate Americans in order to get back in favor with the gods.
They've mellowed out a lot since then, but there is still a bit of that high opinion of American culture still bouncing around in their heads.