I've noticed that a lot of Japanese websites, ranging from a lot of different topics use the same layout and style. The last website I've found is: http://dolittle.eplang.jp/
So why is it common? Is there a certain design aspect that I'm not seeing? (Which could very well be the case since I'm a back-end developer) I haven't seen any English website which uses this kind of look.
EDIT: I'm talking about the dotted border underneath the post title, the abundant usage of lists and the 2001 layout.