There are several differences between the average Japanese and the average Malaysian.
The average Japanese :
eats a lot of fish
lives in a tiny house
cracks strange jokes
spends hours on trains daily
but the average Japanese is also
highly respectful of others
highly respectful of elders
extremely concerned about cleanliness
humble (bows a million times a day)
completely devoted to his/her work
completely devoted to his/her organization
The last four qualities made Japan what it is now. A country devastated in the aftermath of World War II turned into an economic and technology giant.
We could very well learn a lot from the Japanese – especially the last four attributes. Forget about eating fish, drinking sake and croaking karaoke.