History Main / JapanTakesOverTheWorld

29th Aug '16 4:31:37 AM StFan
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Today, the Western mindset is that [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld China will take over the world]]. The reason for this belief is somewhat simpler the advantage of sheer 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".

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Today, the Western mindset is that [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld China will take over the world]]. The reason for this belief is somewhat simpler -- the advantage of sheer 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".



* ''Crash'' (the ''Comicbook/IronMan'' graphic novel by Saenz). And in Franchise/{{Marvel 2099}}, Stark Industries has become Stark-Fujikawa. This was later toyed with in PresentDay Comicbook/IronMan, most notably with {{Love Interest|s}} Rumiko Fujikawa, whose father briefly owned Stark Industries while Tony was believed dead.

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* ''Crash'' (the ''Comicbook/IronMan'' ''ComicBook/IronMan'' graphic novel by Saenz). And in Franchise/{{Marvel 2099}}, ''Franchise/Marvel2099'', Stark Industries has become Stark-Fujikawa. This was later toyed with in PresentDay Comicbook/IronMan, most notably with {{Love Interest|s}} Rumiko Fujikawa, whose father briefly owned Stark Industries while Tony was believed dead.



* 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).
* ComicBook/BuckDanny: Many of the early albums are very pro-America and anti-Japan, though granted they were made just after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.

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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).
* ComicBook/BuckDanny: ''ComicBook/BuckDanny'': Many of the early albums are very pro-America and anti-Japan, though granted they were made just after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.



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* The ''Anime/CodeGeass'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5305140/1/I_Heard_The_World I Heard The World]]'' is an [[MirrorUniverse inversion]] of the canon, where UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan colonized North America, conquered China and most of East Asia and the British Isles, named Britannia, where the events happen.

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* The ''Anime/CodeGeass'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5305140/1/I_Heard_The_World I Heard The the World]]'' is an [[MirrorUniverse inversion]] of the canon, where UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan colonized North America, conquered China and most of East Asia and the British Isles, named Britannia, where the events happen.



-->'''Matt''': Yup. N went and fucked with Japan, you don't just go and fuck with Japan. I've been telling you, man. Nobody just goes and fucks with Japan-

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-->'''Matt''': Yup. N went and fucked with Japan, you don't just go and fuck with Japan. I've been telling you, man. Nobody just goes and fucks with Japan-Japan.




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* ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'': The un-named MegaCorp referred to as 'the Company' is named "Weyland-Yutani," a fusion of a Western and an Eastern name. Apparently it was originally meant to be Leyland-Toyota, representing the merger of Britain's then-nationalised motor industry (British Leyland) with a Japanese giant. This was changed later on for trademark reasons.

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* ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'': The un-named MegaCorp referred to as 'the Company' "the Company" is named "Weyland-Yutani," a fusion of a Western and an Eastern name. Apparently it was originally meant to be Leyland-Toyota, representing the merger of Britain's then-nationalised then-nationalized motor industry (British Leyland) with a Japanese giant. This was changed later on for trademark reasons.



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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' is a PeriodPiece set in TheEighties and invokes this trope as a historical reference in an [[VideoGame/GTARadio in-game commercial]] of a compact car called "Maibatsu Thunder" and then with another commercial telling people to buy true American muscle instead of Japanese compacts. On the other end of the scale is the "Maibatsu Monstrosity" in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', which is apparently able to seat 12 people, as well as being amphibious and equipped to travel across arctic tundra. Similarly, in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'', the largest of the various organizations the player can take missions from is Zaibatsu (presented as the name of a specific MegaCorp, not a generic noun).

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' is a PeriodPiece set in TheEighties and invokes this trope as a historical reference in an [[VideoGame/GTARadio [[Radio/GTARadio in-game commercial]] of a compact car called "Maibatsu Thunder" and then with another commercial telling people to buy true American muscle instead of Japanese compacts. On the other end of the scale is the "Maibatsu Monstrosity" in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', which is apparently able to seat 12 people, as well as being amphibious and equipped to travel across arctic tundra. Similarly, in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'', the largest of the various organizations the player can take missions from is Zaibatsu (presented as the name of a specific MegaCorp, not a generic noun).



* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' has the Empire of the Rising Sun as one of three playable factions, and arms them with easily the most advanced and versatile, albeit expensive, technology and weapons among the three.
** [[spoiler:They actually do this in their campaign ending, but the ''Uprising'' expansion revealed that it was [[NoCanonForTheWicked non-canon]], and canonically [[AmericaTakesOverTheWorld the Allies won]]]].

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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' has the Empire of the Rising Sun as one of three playable factions, and arms them with easily the most advanced and versatile, albeit expensive, technology and weapons among the three.
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three. [[spoiler:They actually do this in their campaign ending, but the ''Uprising'' expansion revealed that it was [[NoCanonForTheWicked non-canon]], and canonically [[AmericaTakesOverTheWorld the Allies won]]]].



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--->'''Agent''': I'm from Rebel Yell Records, a division of the Tokasagi Corporation.

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--->'''Agent''': --->'''Agent:''' I'm from Rebel Yell Records, a division of the Tokasagi Corporation.



28th Aug '16 4:03:31 PM DarkHunter
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* The ''lingua franca'' of the [[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]] is a variation on Japanese (spoken with the words in reverse order for whatever reason). [[AliensSpeakingEnglish Even the aliens speak Japanese.]] TranslationConvention makes the player hear them in whatever language the game is set to.

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* The ''lingua franca'' of the [[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]] is a variation on Japanese (spoken with the words in reverse order for whatever reason). [[AliensSpeakingEnglish Even This is due to Japan leading scientific progress in the aliens speak Japanese.]] mid-21st century onward, making it the common tongue for Earth. The various alien species also adopt this "Neo-Japanese" from humanity as a trade language. TranslationConvention makes the player hear them in whatever language the game is set to.
31st Jul '16 6:30:31 PM Kadorhal
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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' is a PeriodPiece set in TheEighties and invokes this trope as a historical reference in an in-game commercial of a compact car called "Maibatsu Thunder" and then with another commercial telling people to buy true American muscle instead of Japanese compacts. On the other end of the scale is the "Maibatsu Monstrosity", which is apparently both amphibious and equipped to travel across arctic tundra. Similarly, in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'', the largest of the various organizations the player can take missions from is Zaibatsu (presented as the name of a specific MegaCorp, not a generic noun).

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' is a PeriodPiece set in TheEighties and invokes this trope as a historical reference in an [[VideoGame/GTARadio in-game commercial commercial]] of a compact car called "Maibatsu Thunder" and then with another commercial telling people to buy true American muscle instead of Japanese compacts. On the other end of the scale is the "Maibatsu Monstrosity", Monstrosity" in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', which is apparently both able to seat 12 people, as well as being amphibious and equipped to travel across arctic tundra. Similarly, in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'', the largest of the various organizations the player can take missions from is Zaibatsu (presented as the name of a specific MegaCorp, not a generic noun).
19th May '16 9:43:03 AM Chabal2
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* ''Dave Barry Does Japan'' explores some aspects of the trope. Notably, he readily agrees that Americans could do with the politeness and work ethic the Japanese display (and maybe learn to make some ''good'' cars), but the Japanese could stand to loosen up, noting that the edgiest he ever saw Japanese youth were JapaneseDelinquents dressed like it was TheFifties.


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* ''VideoGame/nintendoWars'' has a Japanese-styled faction, who use WWII-looking vehicles that are no less effective than their modern versions (and in Kanbei's case, are ''more'' effective).
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]])
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