History Main / JapanTakesOverTheWorld

31st Mar '16 4:20:24 PM Alceister
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** But played straight when Toshiba bought out OCZ Storage Solutions, which has a sizable chunk in the SSD market.

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** But played straight when Toshiba bought out American OCZ Storage Solutions, which has had a sizable chunk in the SSD market.market.
** Then subverted by the purchase of Sharp by Foxconn, a Taiwanese corporation.
19th Mar '16 11:05:10 AM WillKeaton
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* In one chapter of Comicbook/TheSandman, Dream has been given the key to Hell, and envoys from multiple pantheons approach him to obtain dominion over it. The Japanese envoy is Susano-o, who presents it as a corporate takeover (their pantheon apparently runs multiple hells, the Christian one would be a sizeable addition).

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* In one chapter of Comicbook/TheSandman, ''Comicbook/TheSandman,'' Dream has been given the key to Hell, and envoys from multiple pantheons approach him to obtain dominion over it. The Japanese envoy is Susano-o, who presents it as a corporate takeover (their pantheon apparently runs multiple hells, the Christian one would be a sizeable addition).
17th Mar '16 1:16:51 PM GunarmDyne
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* Played straight in ''VideoGame/EiyuuSenkiTheWorldConquest'' as the player takes control of the Zipang/Japan army before embarking on the titular world conquest.



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23rd Feb '16 12:06:32 PM psywildfire
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** "[[HarsherInHindsight Should Japan come to]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aftermath_of_the_2011_T%C5%8Dhoku_earthquake_and_tsunami a screeching halt...]]"

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** "[[HarsherInHindsight Should Japan come to]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aftermath_of_the_2011_T%C5%8Dhoku_earthquake_and_tsunami org/wiki/Aftermath_of_the_2011_Tohoku_earthquake_and_tsunami a screeching halt...]]"
16th Feb '16 12:18:37 PM TalonsofIceandFire
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10th Dec '15 6:44:31 PM merotoker
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* The movie ''Film/BladeRunner'', though it was a more general "Asia takes over the world." Noodle shops litter the street and gigantic animated Coca-Cola marquees feature smiling geishas. WordOfGod says that this was supposed to show that most of the more affluent (i.e. white) population of America had already left Earth for the offworld colonies, and a lot of poor Asians who had also been left behind had subsequently immigrated.

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* The movie ''Film/BladeRunner'', though it was a more general "Asia takes over the world." Noodle shops litter the street and gigantic animated Coca-Cola marquees feature smiling geishas. WordOfGod says that this was supposed to show that most of the more affluent (i.e. white) population of America had already left Earth for the offworld colonies, and a lot of poor Asians who had also been left behind had subsequently immigrated.



* Creator/TomClancy's ''[[Literature/JackRyan Debt of Honor]]'' focuses on a war between Japan and the US, instigated by a Japanese corporate executive as part of a plan to dominate the Pacific region. It concludes with a rogue Japanese pilot who's son was killed in the war crashes an (otherwise empty) commercial airliner [[spoiler: into the Capitol building during a joint session of the House and Senate for inaugurating Jack Ryan as Vice President, with the President, Cabinet, and entire Supreme Court present.]] HarsherInHindsight with the events of [[TheWarOnTerror September 11th, 2001]].

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* Creator/TomClancy's ''[[Literature/JackRyan Debt of Honor]]'' focuses on a war between Japan and the US, instigated by a Japanese corporate executive as part of a plan to dominate the Pacific region. It concludes with a rogue Japanese pilot who's son was killed in the war crashes an (otherwise empty) commercial airliner [[spoiler: into the Capitol building during a joint session of the House and Senate for inaugurating Jack Ryan as Vice President, with the President, Cabinet, and entire Supreme Court present.]] present]]. HarsherInHindsight with the events of [[TheWarOnTerror September 11th, 2001]].



* In ''Series/MaxHeadroom'', the Zik-Zak corporation, which more or less runs the world, is Japanese. Late in the series, [[spoiler:its Board of Directors are revealed to be {{Yakuza}}.]]

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* In ''Series/MaxHeadroom'', the Zik-Zak corporation, which more or less runs the world, is Japanese. Late in the series, [[spoiler:its Board of Directors are revealed to be {{Yakuza}}.]]{{Yakuza}}]].



** The famous episode "Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk" was originally going to be about Mr. Burns selling his power plant to a Japanese corporation, but the writers felt it would have been too obvious given how common such transactions like that were at the time. They ended up going with a group of German businessmen instead.
** And one of the German investors still looks Japanese, for some reason.

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** The famous episode "Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk" was originally going to be about Mr. Burns selling his power plant to a Japanese corporation, but the writers felt it would have been too obvious given how common such transactions like that were at the time. They ended up going with a group of German businessmen instead. \n** And one One of the German investors still looks Japanese, for some reason.



** Of course, as of 2014, it is still the third or fourth biggest economy in the world[[note]] Third if by nominal GDP; India is larger if you count by purchasing power parity in both cases the United States and China go one-two[[/note]], and the yen was considered a major currency as late as 2008 when it went strong compared to the US dollar and the Euro during the Global Financial Crisis. Of course, just how long this will last is entirely another matter, though, given Japan's extremely low birthrate and resulting rapidly aging population in decline, as well as its having one of the highest debt-to-GDP ratios in the world (higher than Greece or even Zimbabwe see TheOtherWiki's article [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debt-to-GDP_ratio here]])

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** Of course, as of 2014, it is still the third or fourth biggest economy in the world[[note]] Third if by nominal GDP; India is larger if you count by purchasing power parity in both cases the United States and China go one-two[[/note]], and the yen was considered a major currency as late as 2008 when it went strong compared to the US dollar and the Euro during the Global Financial Crisis. Of course, just how long this will last is entirely another matter, though, given Japan's extremely low birthrate and resulting rapidly aging population in decline, as well as its having one of the highest debt-to-GDP ratios in the world (higher than Greece or even Zimbabwe see TheOtherWiki's [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]]'s article [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debt-to-GDP_ratio here]])
5th Dec '15 2:03:10 PM CastingCrowns
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** And one of the German investors still looks Japanese, for some reason.
26th Sep '15 11:45:18 AM Berrenta
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* EricLustbader wrote numerous unrelated novels around this concept, including ''Black Blade'' and ''[[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja White Ninja]]''

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* EricLustbader wrote numerous unrelated novels around this concept, including ''Black Blade'' and ''[[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja ''[[GratuitousNinja White Ninja]]''
22nd Sep '15 3:05:56 PM Soufriere
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Before the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Decade_%28Japan%29 Lost Decade]] at the start of TheNineties, [[UsefulNotes/UnitedStates Americans]] pretty much expected that UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} would be their new Overlords in a decade or two. They were seen as hardworking and proficient in technology and business to the point of being inhuman; it's as if they were an entire country of super{{nerd}}s (it was only later we learned about [[{{Otaku}} THEIR brand of nerd]]). Some even wondered if Japan's military defeat in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII could have been a farsighted XanatosGambit to ensure that the resulting military hegemony of the U.S. would become a drain on its industrial resources, thus giving its disarmed ally Japan a competitive advantage.

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Before the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Decade_%28Japan%29 Lost Decade]] at the start of TheNineties, [[UsefulNotes/UnitedStates Americans]] pretty much expected that UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} would be their new Overlords in a decade or two. They were seen as hardworking and proficient in technology and business to the point of being inhuman; it's as if they were an entire country of super{{nerd}}s (it was only later we learned about [[{{Otaku}} THEIR brand of nerd]]).nerd]][[labelnote:¥]] and later still that word got out about how, outside of central Tokyo, Japan is actually quite technologically backwards they still regularly use 1970's-era technologies that fell out of use in North America and Europe years ago[[/labelnote]]). Some even wondered if Japan's military defeat in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII could have been a farsighted XanatosGambit to ensure that the resulting military hegemony of the U.S. would become a drain on its industrial resources, thus giving its disarmed ally Japan a competitive advantage.
22nd Sep '15 2:17:48 PM Soufriere
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Before the Japanese Economic Crash at the start of TheNineties, the U.S. pretty much expected that UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} would be their new Overlords in a decade or two. They were seen as hardworking, and proficient in technology and business to the point of being inhuman; it's as if they were an entire country of super{{nerd}}s. (It was only later we learned about ''[[{{Otaku}} their]]'' [[{{Otaku}} brand of nerds]].) Some even wondered if Japan's military defeat in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII could have been a farsighted XanatosGambit to ensure that the resulting military hegemony of the U.S. would become a drain on its industrial resources, thus giving its disarmed ally Japan a competitive advantage.

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Before the Japanese Economic Crash [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Decade_%28Japan%29 Lost Decade]] at the start of TheNineties, the U.S. [[UsefulNotes/UnitedStates Americans]] pretty much expected that UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} would be their new Overlords in a decade or two. They were seen as hardworking, hardworking and proficient in technology and business to the point of being inhuman; it's as if they were an entire country of super{{nerd}}s. (It super{{nerd}}s (it was only later we learned about ''[[{{Otaku}} their]]'' [[{{Otaku}} THEIR brand of nerds]].) nerd]]). Some even wondered if Japan's military defeat in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII could have been a farsighted XanatosGambit to ensure that the resulting military hegemony of the U.S. would become a drain on its industrial resources, thus giving its disarmed ally Japan a competitive advantage.



A somewhat DiscreditedTrope now, as the Japanese Economic Crash deflated the view of inevitable invulnerability (see [[Analysis/JapanTakesOverTheWorld Analysis]] for more details). On the flip side, however, several given American industries (especially automobile manufacture) have come under Japanese dominance so thoroughly by the end of the first decade of the 21st century as to give credence to at least some of the trope's original inspiration, that of the potential superiorities of classically group-focused Japanese business models to more individualist-minded American ones.

Today, the Western mindset is that [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld China will take over the world]]. The reason is somewhat simpler: the advantage of sheer numbers, and the economic and industrial power that comes with it, as well as a work ethic that, like Japan, is heavily influenced by [[Creator/{{Confucius}} Confucianism]]. With this in mind, it is of note that India is gaining on them, and has already begun pulling ahead in numerous high technology races. And the American economy remains the largest in the world, even after the late-2000s "Great Recession."

This is a Western trope, ''not'' an {{anime}} trope.[[note]]That would be [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse this]] trope.[[/note]]

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A somewhat DiscreditedTrope now, as the Japanese Economic Crash deflated the view of inevitable invulnerability (see [[Analysis/JapanTakesOverTheWorld Analysis]] for more details). On the flip side, however, several given American industries (especially automobile manufacture) manufacturing) have come under Japanese dominance so thoroughly by the end of the first decade of the 21st century as to give credence to at least some of the trope's original inspiration, that of the potential superiorities superiority of classically group-focused Japanese business models compared to more individualist-minded American ones.

Today, the Western mindset is that [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld China will take over the world]]. The reason for this belief is somewhat simpler: simpler the advantage of sheer numbers, numbers (China has four times the population of the U.S.) and the economic and industrial power that comes with it, as well as a work ethic that, like Japan, is heavily influenced by [[Creator/{{Confucius}} Confucianism]]. With this in mind, it is of note that India is gaining on them, and has already begun pulling ahead in numerous high technology races. And the American economy remains the largest in the world, even after the late-2000s "Great Recession."

Recession".

This is a Western trope, ''not'' an {{anime}} trope.[[note]]That [[note]] That would be [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse this]] trope.[[/note]]



* The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, and Japan's aggression against China and the rest of southeast Asia before and during World War II. A case of TruthInTelevision. Well Japan did not 'hold' its territories for a long period of time, as the US military pushed out the Japanese from the pacific holdings and the rest of the allies were fighting conventional/guerilla/etc wars....
* Subverting this trope even more is the fact that Japan currently has no place (some would say allowed no place) in the United Nations Security Council, which consists of countries considered to have the greatest military strength within the global community. On the other hand, Japan is currently tied with Brazil for holding a seat on the Security Council the most number of years (20) in its history outside of the five permanent members (the major Allied powers of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and their successors). Most of this, though, is with the assistance of the United States.

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* The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, and Japan's aggression against China and the rest of southeast Asia before and during World War II. A case of TruthInTelevision. Well Well, Japan did not 'hold' its territories for a long period of time, as the US military pushed out the Japanese from the pacific Pacific holdings and the rest of the allies were fighting conventional/guerilla/etc conventional/guerrilla/etc wars....
* Subverting this trope even more is the fact that Japan currently has no place (some would say allowed no place) in on the United Nations Security Council, which consists of countries considered to have the greatest military strength within the global community. On the other hand, Japan is currently tied with Brazil for holding a seat on the Security Council the most number of years (20) in its history outside of the five permanent members (the major Allied powers of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and their successors). Most of this, though, is with the assistance of the United States.



** They DID have an actual empire. Just [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII not for very long]]...

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** They DID have an actual empire. Just [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII not for very long]]...long]].



** Of course, as of 2014, it is still the third or fourth biggest economy in the world[[note]]Third if by nominal GDP, India is larger if you count by purchasing power parity - in both cases the United States and China go one-two[[/note]], and the yen was considered a major currency as late as 2008 when it went strong compared to the US dollar and the euro during the Global Financial Crisis. Of course just how long this will last is entirely another matter, though, given the aging population and the resulting population decline, and debt-per-GDP ratio higher than Greece and even Zimbabwe (as of 2012; see the other wiki)...

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** Of course, as of 2014, it is still the third or fourth biggest economy in the world[[note]]Third world[[note]] Third if by nominal GDP, GDP; India is larger if you count by purchasing power parity - in both cases the United States and China go one-two[[/note]], and the yen was considered a major currency as late as 2008 when it went strong compared to the US dollar and the euro Euro during the Global Financial Crisis. Of course course, just how long this will last is entirely another matter, though, given the Japan's extremely low birthrate and resulting rapidly aging population and the resulting population in decline, and debt-per-GDP ratio higher as well as its having one of the highest debt-to-GDP ratios in the world (higher than Greece and or even Zimbabwe (as of 2012; see the other wiki)...TheOtherWiki's article [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debt-to-GDP_ratio here]])
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