A couple of days ago a friend of mine asked me why a certain someone had quit, and I said it was b'coz she just couldn't take it anymore. I made a pretty good analogy at the time.
I said, me being an American, if tasks are assigned to me that are meaningless or doesn't make sense, I would fight back and choose to work on things that will lead to good results / success.
However, that certain someone, she's Japanese, and when you're Japanese, often times you just have to accept the tasks… even if it's a suicide mission, you would still have to go do it, knowing full well that there will not be a good result.
And then in the end, your boss (who handed you that suicide mission) comes back to scold you for doing a poor job and ask you why you haven't performed well!!