History Main / JapanTakesOverTheWorld

21st Jun '17 1:56:54 PM MCanter89
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* This trope was invoked while designing the ''USS Excelsior'' for ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock''. The ''Excelsior'' was a brand-new bleeding edge prototype that threatened to replace the ''Enterprise'', her crew, and her Iowa-born-and-bred American captain as Starfleet's finest. In order to give off this feeling, it was designed to look as if the ''Enterprise'' was designed by the Japanese.

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* This trope was invoked while designing the ''USS Excelsior'' USS ''Excelsior'' for ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock''. The ''Excelsior'' was a brand-new bleeding edge bleeding-edge prototype that threatened to replace the ''Enterprise'', her crew, and her Iowa-born-and-bred Iowa-born and -bred American captain as Starfleet's finest. In order to give off this feeling, it was designed to look as if the ''Enterprise'' was designed by the Japanese.



** One of the covers from the 80s (very obviously post-Film/BladeRunner) has a fantastic punny tagline on a Japanese liquor billboard: "The spirit that conquered the world."

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** One of the covers from the 80s '80s (very obviously post-Film/BladeRunner) post–''Film/BladeRunner'') has a fantastic punny tagline on a Japanese liquor billboard: "The spirit that conquered the world."



* Creator/KimNewman's ''Literature/DarkFuture'' for the Creator/GamesWorkshop [[TabletopGame/DarkFuture setting]] invoke this in the form of the [[MegaCorp [=GenTech=]]], a Japanese-Korean conglomerate headed by the mysterious Dr. Zarathustra and producing things for virtually every purpose from Paradise, its home appliances and decoration subsidiary through to [=BioDiv=], their genetics and cybernetics research department who can give you bigger breasts, better highs, up to five new dentitions pre-implanted or augment your body to let shrug off bullet wounds and tear open tanks.

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* Creator/KimNewman's ''Literature/DarkFuture'' for the Creator/GamesWorkshop [[TabletopGame/DarkFuture setting]] invoke this in the form of the [[MegaCorp [=GenTech=]]], GenTech]], a Japanese-Korean conglomerate headed by the mysterious Dr. Zarathustra and producing things for virtually every purpose from Paradise, its home appliances and decoration subsidiary through to [=BioDiv=], their genetics and cybernetics research department who can give you bigger breasts, better highs, up to five new dentitions pre-implanted or augment your body to let shrug off bullet wounds and tear open tanks.



* In ''The Tojo Virus'', a hacker named David Kimura is the point man for a shadowy cabal of Japanese executives who intend to take out a thinly-veiled {{Expy}} of IBM and in doing so dominate the American economy and get revenge for the Japanese loss in World War II.

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* In ''The Tojo Virus'', a hacker named David Kimura is the point man for a shadowy cabal of Japanese executives who intend to take out a thinly-veiled {{Expy}} thinly veiled {{expy}} of IBM and in doing so dominate the American economy and get revenge for the Japanese loss in World War II.



* ''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. [[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]]]].won]].]]
15th May '17 7:55:07 PM PaulA
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* William Gibson's [[Literature/SprawlTrilogy trilogy]] beginning with ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}.'' Japanese culture dominates the world, most of the biggest corporations are Japanese, and the Yakuza is a global player. Consequently, practically the entire subsequent genre of CyberPunk has elements of this.

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* William Gibson's [[Literature/SprawlTrilogy trilogy]] ''Literature/SprawlTrilogy'', beginning with ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}.'' ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}''. Japanese culture dominates the world, most of the biggest corporations are Japanese, and the Yakuza {{Yakuza}} is a global player. Consequently, practically the entire subsequent genre of CyberPunk has elements of this.
6th May '17 6:49:55 PM Twentington
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We buy Seikos, walkmans, TVs, and minivans\\

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We buy Seikos, walkmans, TVs, TV's, and minivans\\
21st Apr '17 9:38:07 PM nombretomado
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* One of the two endings to ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' results in Japan leading the United Nations in a war against the U.S. Given that the game was made by Suda51 (and runs heavy with the theme of eternal and inevitable conflict between eastern and western cultures), we can safely presume this is not meant to be a "good" ending.

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* One of the two endings to ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' results in Japan leading the United Nations in a war against the U.S. Given that the game was made by Suda51 Creator/Suda51 (and runs heavy with the theme of eternal and inevitable conflict between eastern and western cultures), we can safely presume this is not meant to be a "good" ending.
6th Apr '17 9:41:17 PM Twentington
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* Music/RayStevens, of all people, mocked this in the 1991 song "Workin' for the Japanese":
-->We’re all working for the Japanese\\
Little cars and color TV’s\\
Sending all our money overseas\\
To the Eastern sphere\\
One day we’re gonna lose our roots\\
Wear Oriental jeans and boots\\
And drink nothing but Kawasaki sake, Honda wine, and Mitsubishi light beer\\
Chrysler fights for survival\\
So does General Motors\\
Ford perseveres with better ideas\\
And, everybody drives Toyotas\\
Sony owns the Rockefeller Center\\
And the Hawaiian archipelago\\
We buy Seikos, walkmans, TVs, and minivans\\
And wonder where the money all goes...
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23rd Mar '17 2:30:27 PM spydre
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* During the 1970s and 1980s, American motorists [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff/Automobiles switched to small Japanese economy cars]] in the wake of the 1970s oil crises. {{Detroit}}'s Big Three car makers, used to the "bigger is better" mantra, were caught off guard and lost significant market share to Japanese car makers. This led to massive job cuts at the Big Three and the phenomenon known as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Japanese_sentiment#Since_World_War_II Japan-bashing]]" which lasted until the Japanese bubble burst of the early 1990s. Additionally, Japanese car makers later [[http://www.economist.com/node/1328875 invested in numerous factories in America]] to produce vehicles tailored to local tastes.

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* During the 1970s and 1980s, American motorists [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff/Automobiles [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff switched to small Japanese economy cars]] in the wake of the 1970s oil crises. {{Detroit}}'s Big Three car makers, used to the "bigger is better" mantra, were caught off guard and lost significant market share to Japanese car makers. This led to massive job cuts at the Big Three and the phenomenon known as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Japanese_sentiment#Since_World_War_II Japan-bashing]]" which lasted until the Japanese bubble burst of the early 1990s. Additionally, Japanese car makers later [[http://www.economist.com/node/1328875 invested in numerous factories in America]] to produce vehicles tailored to local tastes.
14th Mar '17 1:41:04 PM Pinokio
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* In ''Film/TheSantaClause'', Scott Calvin notices Japanese businessmen are occupying a table in the same Denny's restaurant he is dining in, making the all-American Denny's restaurant chain less than all-American.
3rd Feb '17 7:21:56 AM DeepRed
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* During the 1970s and 1980s, American motorists [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff/Automobiles switched to small Japanese economy cars]] in the wake of the 1970s oil crises. {{Detroit}}'s Big Three car makers, used to the "bigger is better" mantra, were caught off guard and lost significant market share to Japanese car makers. This led to massive job cuts at the Big Three and the phenomenon known as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Japanese_sentiment#Since_World_War_II Japan-bashing]]" which lasted until the Japanese bubble burst of the early 1990s. Additionally, Japanese car makers later [[http://www.economist.com/node/1328875 invested in numerous factories in America]] to produce vehicles tailored to local tastes.
** Interestingly, the [[https://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/top-10/top-8-most-american-trucks-for-2014.html Chevy Silverado is built in Mexico, while the Toyota Tundra is made in Texas and the Honda Ridgeline in Alabama]].
8th Jan '17 11:28:59 AM nombretomado
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* ''Crash'' (the ''ComicBook/IronMan'' graphic novel by Saenz). And in ''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.

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* ''Crash'' (the ''ComicBook/IronMan'' graphic novel by Saenz). And in ''Franchise/Marvel2099'', ''ComicBook/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.
9th Dec '16 11:32:23 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). This is due to Japan leading scientific progress in the 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.

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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). This is due to Japan leading scientific progress in the 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. Curiously enough, the game is not a Japanese product: the designers are German.
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