serious question: why aren't there equivalents to the Persona games set in the United States? (e.g. epic turn-based RPGs about being a teenager set in the present day)
(just thinking about how I've played seemingly countless video games set in Tokyo but few if any games set in New York City. or *any* US city really, other than their apocalyptic versions in e.g. fallout)
@aparrish traditionally jrpgs are made by the japanese. The slice of life aspect of a japanese school system is going to reflected in that.
Aside from that, game devs focus more on action games by default for the US. Traditionally those sell better. Not to say that there couldn't be a western company to make a jrpg style game in a western school system, but since it's outside the norm it's a financial risk.