I don’t remember seeing this upthread–apologies if it was already mentioned–but I think about it every time it happens in a drama (most often Taiwanese or Chinese, but also other countries):
Is there a big fraud/liability culture in East Asia?
Specifically, things I see a lot include people deliberately getting hit by cars/etc in order to collect money from the drivers (or horse riders, in the case of the trope’s appearance in historical dramas, eg Imperial Coroner!).
The other thing I see a lot of is someone basically having an accident, running into someone on the street, and something they’re wearing or carrying gets dirty or destroyed and suddenly the other person they ran into, no matter how unavoidable or even not at all that person’s fault it is, is expected to pay some massive amount of money. For example: I’m rewatching “Good Morning Call” and there’s a part where someone is carrying an expensive bowl around on a motorcycle and then, of his own volition, crashes it to avoid hitting a pedestrian, then expects the pedestrian to pay ($12k) for the bowl. This seems RIDICULOUS and would never fly in the US where I am. No one would agree to pay that, work it off, whatever.
Is this a thing? If I go to Japan or China, do I need to carry a massive personal liability policy?