I think you skipped a few steps in your "slide" diatribe.
"There used to be loyalty from employees to their company, not anymore, with all the lay offs of people getting close to their retirement age, ..."
There used to be loyalty from the companies to their employees. As I see it, the entire 'miracle' after the war was built on the superhuman efforts of Japan's people working towards a common purpose. There was the expectation that they were building up the country while building the individual companies. All these would be stronger than ever and the people would be taken care of by the several paternal authorities.
That bubble was popped when the largest and strongest companies laid off salarymen to repair balance books when management/government missteps caused problems. The companies preserved the very strengths that so many had built for them, though many workers were now cast off and unemployable.
And now you say it was the 'westernization' of the people that caused the problems? The "screw it" mentality was never seen at all until demonstrated so ruinously by the companies. All these things you blame on westernization of the people... aren't they the to-be-expected response of people betrayed by "the system"?
Oh the Japanese are lazy, lacking good education, no quality, mediocre, "screw it" mentality... and it's their own fault. Gah, this is a perverted backwards view.
This wouldn't have happened in the 40s, 50s, 60s when the government actively feared the Communists and quite paternally said none of that agitation was needed to protect the people and then worked steadily against labor organization.
Japan is a very good example of what happens when industry and government both turn their backs against their own citizens. You get the country you deserve, government and voters alike.