Jobs liked anything that was beautiful, smart and helpful.
Japanese culture definitely represents this. So does Swedish culture.
Basically Jobs (in no small way aided and perhaps guided by Jony Ive) took "form follows function" to its logical conclusion and did so consistently. Starting with the Apple 2, which seems to be the spiritual forerunner to the original Mac, which perfected the idea. Much later came the iPod, which was a total example of this. Then the...