In their own unique ways, these countries are all 'great'. But in another, more objective way, Japan is probably better. In terms of technology, hospitality and quirky gadgets that have little practical use but offer enormous interest regardless, Japan is about as good as it gets right now.
Here are 15 photos of Japan that make the argument for the Land of the Rising Sun being the greatest nation on Earth.
If you thought the hard jelly and days-old egg sandwiches combo that they serve in British hospitals was good, then you'll be amazed by the artfully presented, gourmet-quality stuff you get if you take a hospital stay in Japan.
Have you ever felt frustrated by the fact that it's virtually impossible to balance coins when riding on rickety old British trains? On the almost indecently smooth Japanese bullet train, there's no worry of that at all.
Because in Japan they understand that the legally blind like to get hammered just like everybody else, cans are marked with braille, so that those who are visually impaired can pick up their favourite beer from the supermarket without any fuss.
You might have seen this one in the news: back in 2013, a commuter fell between the platform and the train car, so the entire platform decided to work together as a team to tip the train and free the woman from underneath. Socialism can work!
Japan is such a beautiful and majestic country, even disgusting drainage channels down the side of roads come filled with koi carp, which as everyone knows is the most regal member of the fish world.
More advanced than 2001: A Space Odyssey's zero gravity toilet, Japanese loos come with seat-warming capabilities, bidet-style water sprays and even the option to play white noise to avoid the embarrassment of other people hearing you make.
For when you want to endure that depressing commute to work from a selection of different angles.
Because Japanese rail travel is so luxurious as to be almost insulting to those of us for whom the train actually showing up constitutes luxury, you can also on some trains take a footbath on the way to work.
It should be clear by now that trains in Japan are more pleasant to be in than most actual homes. Even kids are catered for: this children's seat on the Fujikyu line is designed to trick the child into thinking they are operating the vehicle, thus keeping them quiet for an extra few precious minutes of your life.
As horrifying as it us for the most claustrophobic among us to contemplate, sometimes lifts break down. In Japan, they've taken this into consideration: there are elevator seats that double as toilets, for if you're trapped and you desperately need to go.
If you find yourself in a photogenic tourist hotspot in Japan without any nearby tourists to bother into taking your picture, not to worry: there are selfie stands on which to rest your smartphone and indulge that inner narcissist.
If you for whatever reason want your taxi driver to lower their speed in Japan - maybe you want to see the sights, appear less suspicious to that car you're tailing - just hit the 'Turtle taxi' button and the driver will slow to a crawl without you even having to make the effort of talking to them.
Simpsons fans will know all about this one. In Japan, watermelon are shaped into squares not just because that looks really cool, but also so they fit better in the fridge.
Japan has always been an innovator when it comes to video games, and this urinal is just the latest natty invention: a video game you play with your pee - the Nintendo Wee, if you will.
Any time you finish supermarket shopping in the UK, it's a race against time just to get home and throw any food into the fridge before it starts to turn, but in Japanese shops there are fridge lockers that you can store food in while you continue browsing.