One of the best things about the U.S. is that we have so much individual freedom that the opportunities for success are there for those who work hard and smart.
One of the worst things is all that freedom can lead to great failure for those who don't work hard and smart.
The "easy way" is seldom the best way.
And it all begins at home and at school.
The Japanese have been hard working as a society for hundreds of years.
Do poorly in school and you will have a crappy job forever- guaranteed.