Fake Japanese contrition
The Japanese workplace is fucked. They pretend they are honest, trustworthy, self-moderating. Yet their business practices are just as corrupt and riddled with lies as any other western corporation.
The 'trick' the Japanese have pulled off is 'fake contrition' - the bow - the illusion that they actually care and behave honestly. It's the biggest con-trick, and one which they've used in business time and again to pull the wool over peoples eyes.
So many in Japan talk about 'honour' - they have no more or less of this than anyone else in the world - they've just got great PR branding to hide behind.