The Japanese experience is, by design, a collective one. If those people are there then they are there and not at another, clearly separate table, doing the things that those people do so you can roll your eyes. This is not just because of physical proximity although of course that doesn't help.
While chefs can be performing an incredibly precise silent dance (Sugita) or being absolute clowns (Nakaji @ Hatsunezushi) or imposing (Hashiguchi with his multiple prohibitive signs - no phone, no camera, no loud talking, no congregating in the lobby, just eat quietly and go, basically) and while they vary in if and how they control the composition of the crowd at the counter, these are all things that happen in this environment and generally do not happen in western dining places.
Therefore being dismissive of the idea that obnoxious shouting rich idiots are more disruptive in this environment is not entirely justified.
I've also never found it to be the case that in good shop they forget your face as soon as you pay your check, although a white couple is probably easier to remember as an anomaly, and as an anecdote for the other side - when Sushi Arai opened, even though I didn't know Arai's name, I saw a single photo of his lower arm and hand and immediately recognized it as the former second in command @ Shingo. So I would say there is definitely more focus on the personal interaction and performance.