The common image of Japan abroad is of a high-tech country — a place of robots and flashing neon lights and the latest beeping gadgets in everyone’s hands. As a British person living in Japan, I regularly get comments from people back home like: “Wow, Japan! What a high-tech world you must live in.”

Well, no. In fact, I will hazard a claim: The U.K. is a considerably more high-tech country than Japan. And please, before anyone mistakes this for just another attack on Japan, I urge you to read right to the end of the article.

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