Arc flash happens all over the world. Only a few countries have really addressed it. Arc flash training using NFPA 70E would have reduced the number involved by defining the arc flash boundary.
Most are still ignoring it because the percentage of incidents is low but once people study the incidents they realize about 25% of the arc flash incidents lead to permanent disability or a fatality. This makes some attention to this infrequent event a real good investment. Japan could adopt NFPA 70E. e-Hazard.com is planning a training trip to Japan and China in 2010. Electric utilities in both countries are interested in the research.