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"Made in Japan" has a whole different meaning now

As a young boy, I would frequently see "Made in Japan" (usually in red block letters) on items for sale at Woolworth's Dime Store. After purchasing some of these trinkets, I soon learned they were not well made and might very well fall apart before we even got home from the store. There never seemed to be value, even when considering the low cost.

My how times have changed. In the span of one generation, the Japanese have completely shifted the paradigm of what "Made in Japan" means. Almost every product type, from cars, to electronics, to computer components is considered to be of the highest quality, and usually at a competitive price. Products exported from Japan now have among the greatest value of those made anywhere in the world.

In conclusion, believing that products made in Japan are of poor quality and a waste of money is an idea that should be retired.

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