Of course this happens everywhere, but it takes Japan to on-purpose systematically do it, and even give it a name.
The good side is, you'll always have pals even if you have nothing in common besides the same boss. The bad side is, you'll never be able to make friends independently because you were never taught / given the opportunity to develop the social tools necessary to do so.
This whole phenomenon is related to another CCW, amae .
I need Some One on my team - I can't do it alone.
Our team is all wearing Abe hats which are tied together with string. (so we can't do anything on our own - this is Japan, after all)
team or group.
an organization or structure - usually social (like a union or mafia)
|rough texture / bad quality
Team spirit is the STRING that binds us into a unit.
We do NECROPHILIA with our ancestors.
The TREE is our partner in the oxygen/co2 cycle.
My RICE is bad quality so everyone in TOWN hampered me from selling it!