Ah my friend, you highlight a very good point.
Its because in Japan they're happy to pay first world prices for first world quality. The culture of not being shamed, coupled with pride in doing something well is not to be underestimated.
We are not, and we really don't care. Its always an out the door warranty here. Sure the customer and end user care, but that's it.
Just about all of our vertical transport stuff is made in China now.
I hear there's a goods lift in a recently completed building in Melbourne where the elevator rails have a slight bend. Don't recall on what axis this bend is, but suffice to say it challenges the Big Dipper at Luna Park for ride quality .
Sometimes they really do mean you get what you pay for. In Australia, cheapest (or close to) will usually win. Builders are notorious for a 0 F..s given approach to price, and the resulting quality of that choice. Consultants are a bit the same. All you need to have is a compliance certificate, job done, slap it in.
At least you're not living in a crappy appartment
building slum with a cladding issue.
It's a whole other tangent to suggest as Aussies it says plenty about what we're prepared to spend, and as a result where that comes from.
It's entirely a choice.
Sh/t quality escalators are the same. Some in the Industry have the view they're like appliances. When it packs up, and we can't get parts - you pay to get it ripped out and another goes in. Guess what, the newer model from China, and they same parts supply issue as before. Don't even get me started on - No it's plant and equipment, not an effing appliance!!!
DO NOT get caught up in the deluded mindset that parts should be available, blah blah blah.
It should be the case, absolutely. But it WONT!
I've answered why back on pg1.