I happen to live in Japan.
The part about being able to obtain steroids seems to be true (ie they are obtainable here) but it is no easy task to get them from a pharmacy. You are not getting anything like that without a scrip, and the doctors here are not the same as Paco the Tijuana neighborhood medico. Good luck with that, I'd like to hear of someone who has just bought AAS off the rack.
That said, it is extremely easy to get them if you want them. You are allowed to import a 2-month personal supply of drugs (obviously not scheduled ones, AAS is not here).
However, if they happen to inspect your package, they'll slap a fat excise tax on it and mail it to you. No fun. It is illegal for anyplace but clinics and pharmacies to sell AAS domestically but that doesn't stop folks from doing so. Because of this, you can do all of your shopping from the comfort of your computer, and the package with all of your goodies is delivered in under a week, often two or three days. You pay the postman at your door and you are on your way.
Needles, however are a bitch to obtain and expensive as shit when you are able to, by the way.
Sorry for hijacking my own thread. This is all really interesting, especially the stories.