These stories are always submitted by "Anonymous" claiming obliquely that the Echo is a "sleeper hit". There are a lot of "research" companies that claim that Amazon has sold a bunch too. All lies.
Notice these two links ALSO claim a "sleeper hit" (exact words):
The Japanese are not anything like Chinese. However the concept of "Japanese honor" is a myth perpetuated by too many movies. The Japanese raped and pillaged parts of Asia for centuries. Modern events like Pearl Harbor dispel that myth.