There seems to be a great deal of prestige for Japanese individuals who are able to use calculators effectively. The faster one is at performing calculations, the greater respect they receive.
Peter Barakan, host of the television documentary series “Begin Japanology”, investigates the cultural status of calculators in Japanese Society.
Calculator skills are so sought-after that regional calculator speed contests are held throughout the country.
Watch how quick the contestant are on this little machine.
Via Center Smiling