I remember being able to bike to school in the morning when I was in Japan, and I’d always use that as one of my examples as to why I regard Japan as an ideal society.
On a related note, it’s rather peculiar that gender equality is where they’re trailing behind the rest of the world. I guess it might have to do with the aging population there making it difficult for the rest of society to let go of the traditional concept of gender roles.
On the other hand, the Philippines ranks pretty far ahead of not just Japan but the rest of the world in terms of gender equality. So we got that going for us.