Well, the Japanese are fanatics about technological stuff. But some others are not. Its the same as in America, some people are all crazy about vertain things (normally their hobbies or something) while others hate those same subjects.
Only thing about Japan is that people here have practical uses for the technology given to them. Because of the cell phone standard in America (and the price) not everyone has a cell phone, or have a need for one with a lot of features. For example, if not many people have a cell phone, then why have text messaging? in Japan everyone has a cell phone because its cheap and good to have the security. Also, because everyone has a cell phone, text emails are a must along with cameras. Every phone comes with a camera standard. So they have practicle uses for the technology given to them. just a culture and national thingy.
I believe the the Xbox proves they dont.
Just wondering, what is your meaning for saying this? I am not sure I understand what you wanted to say. If you mean that the Xbox is not popular, you are right because the PS2 has games for everyone and the Gamecube has games for mostly kids and stuff. The xbox has games for everyone but
not many good ones that the Japanese culture like. I have found on Japanese auctions Xboxs go for about $50. Moded ones (with a 160hd, EvoX, emulation up the butt, movies, and an ability to copy games to the HD) for about $180-$400. There is even a Linux Box for $400.
So the point of this is to say that Japanese are crazy about technology, just the same as we on this board are. There are a group of people that like technology, and that group seems to have made technology everyone can use, so everyone has it.
EDIT: To reply to G-Force, there is a problem with Bens book... it happens to be in English. Granted Japanese people study English for like 6-8 years, that doesnt mean they are good at it. Besides after a year most forget about it.