I think a lot of the "status" cars in Japan are actually U.S. market cars. The most popular status cars when I was there last year were dark blue Volvo wagons.
2004 C240 Wagon 203.261 Baby Benz
2008 ML320 CDI Highway Cruiser
2006 Toyota Prius, Saving the Planet @ 48 mpg
2000 F-150, Destroying the Planet @ 20 mpg
And remember folks, Only You Can Prevent Hilliary.