I thought it was just an metaphor for Japanese becoming to self fucking centered. They would let their city destroyed before they face their own problems.
Paranoia Agent: Everything wrong with japan. Hikki, officers laziness or corruption, artist over working, etc etc. I think it just points out all the things Japan is trying to avoid seeing them self as. Such as Ichi and the Pig. Ichi is the competitive side of Japan that goes way too far to get ahead.