Why are all the cool toys overseas?


Asia_cellSo why exactly is the Sony UX series really not touted in here in the U.S.? Why can’t we get the latest cellphone that folks in Asia are using to watch DTV? What about the latest and greatest light laptop; do I need to fly to Japan to get it?

We’ve talked about the reasons before: different usage scenarios, standards and even culture play into it. I came across this article which does a nice job of summarizing these reasons and more; there are several quotes from the good folks at Dynamism, Kurns & Patrick and i-Cube as well. Worth the read for these plus some interesting news on potential patent changes that could open up the doors for more great technology to come across the seas. Great timing too: I was just about to ask James if I could move and start up the jkOnTheRun Japanese HQ.


Mike Cane

I had just read that article and popped over here. Ha, wait til China catches up!

Bobby Chapman

If I had to guess, I’d say there are a number of factors.
1.)Their money. To do something as simple as buy a CD you must have thousands of yen. When you’re doing your taxes, imagine how much that adds up? I suspect that their math skills are far superior on average due to the high quantity calculations they have to do to live their basic lives. This obviously is going to carry over into people who’s jobs are to know even more math and complex calculations.

2.)In Fuedal Japan, the Samurai were some of the worlds most advanced warriors, but due to their strict border control, they had no idea how much the rest of the world had progressed. Once they opened their borders, they began to lay railroad tracks and build a new army. Their progress was astonishing. After the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki(sp?), They had to once again rebuild. So what we’re seeing is the traditional uprise of the Japanese to push to the forefront of technology and studies.

That’s my interpretation. I could be completely wron.

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