What might not be readily apparent for people who can't speak Japanese is that from his comments "I am reflecting (on my actions)." and "I'm not thinking about anything except that I want to do my own skiing" is that he doesn't give a crap at all. Might not sound like much, but if you read between the lines, note tone and body language, the message is crystal clear and it's pretty unusual to see a Japanese Olympic athlete being that brazenly disrespectful.
There's no doubt that Japanese Olympic athletes face a burden of public social pressure that American counterparts wouldn't have any clue about. There's no arguing that point. BUT, it IS the Olympics. My opinion is (and it's the same as the referenced blog's) that if you are representing your country, you are a team member now, and it doesn't matter that you are participating in an individual sport. The pros might be a different story, but it's the Olympics. Just my opinion.