I think the article is pretty much how it happens. My experience of Japanese both in Japan and abroad supports this. But one thing I've found different is that a lot (not all) of Japanese, when even overseas maintain a stubborness and even if they see differently, prefer to believe the stereotypes than what's happening in front of them.
The media won't change - 'cause they know it sells. The majority of the country won't change, 'cause they'd prefer to follow and be wrong, than to stand out and be right. A tall poppy syndrome indeed.
That being said, I'm not innocent of such things - I've let myself generalise many over the years, but I am trying to be more open-minded on things.
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