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->''"Pearl Harbor didn't work out so good, so we got you with tape decks."''
-->-- '''Mr. Takagi''', ''Film/DieHard''

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]][[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.

The U.S. was prepared, oh yes. A large number of movies and shows set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture or later had the U.S. adopting Yen, or all businesses owned by the Japanese.

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 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 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 -- 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".

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

SubTrope of TakeOverTheWorld. See also {{Americasia}}, YellowPeril, ChinaTakesOverTheWorld and AmericaTakesOverTheWorld.

The {{Cyberpunk}} genre was also, in part, a result of this trope, with Japanese technological dominance often playing an important role in early cyberpunk works.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Crash'' (the ''ComicBook/IronMan'' graphic novel by Saenz). And in ''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.
* ''The Secret of The Swordfish'' (the first book of the ''ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer'' series) has the Yellow Empire as antagonist. It is explicitly named to be Tibet, but is obviously an expy of Imperial Japan, with red sun banner, soldiers wearing Japanese-like uniforms, and using [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons German weapons]]. They even manage to conquer most of the world in the beginning of the story. A later book in the series mentions they had a non aggression treaty with UsefulNotes/NaziGermany back in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* 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.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* 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.
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' CyberPunk [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''FanFic/AlternativeGods'' in keeping with the fic's whole CyberPunk theme; {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by [[BasementDweller Matt]] when Near tries to hack into the Japanese NPA's server for the SPK and is crushed [[spoiler: by the superior skills of Kira and L]]:
-->'''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.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''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-nationalized motor industry (British Leyland) with a Japanese giant. This was changed later on for trademark reasons.
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', Marty works for a man called Fujitsu and calls him "Fujitsu-san."[[note]]Although this is the name of a Japanese company (short for "Fuji Telecommunications Equipment"), and ''not'' an actual Japanese name.[[/note]] The filmmakers state on the [=DVD=] that they based their vision of 2015 in part on the assumption that Japan would take over the world and heavily influence American culture. In [[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII the third film]], 1950s Doc Brown is incredulous when Marty tells him "all the best stuff comes from Japan."
* Ridley Scott's stylish but dubious 1989 action film ''Film/BlackRain'', in which a tough New York policeman is sent to Japan after capturing a rogue {{Yakuza}} in New York. The film includes an exchange in which a Japanese cop tells his US counterpart, played by Michael Douglas, that "We make the machines, we build the future, we won the peace." Douglas' character retorts "And if even one of you guys had an original idea, you'd be too up-tight to pull it out of your ass!"
* ''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.
* In ''Film/GodzillaVsKingGhidorah'', the Japan of the 23rd Century is described as an economic monolith that not only buys out other countries, but also ''entire continents''. The action of the film is driven by three time travellers who go to mid-[[TheNineties Nineties]] Japan to erase Godzilla from history, put a more destructive monster in its place, and reduce Japan to a nuclear slag heap before it can rise.
* ''Film/GungHo'', where Japanese businessmen are portrayed as cartoonishly repressed and professional, while Americans are cartoonishly undisciplined and ineffective. Michael Keaton makes a speech toward the end stating that Japan was "kicking America's butt," but the film ultimately pushes an {{Aesop}} of compromise and working together.
* In ''Film/{{Moon}}'', Japan does ''not'' take over the world. Korea does.
* In ''Film/OtherPeoplesMoney'', Lawrence Garfield, head of Garfield Investments, said he was encouraging his employees to learn Japanese out of fear of the trope.
* The [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] of ''Film/RisingSun'' has Sean Connery's character is constantly talking about how Japanese culture is superior to the West, and a Japanese takeover of a large American corporation sits at the heart of the plot. The story also portrays powerful Japanese businessmen as shadowy, decadent and corrupt.
* 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.
* In ''Film/RoboCop3'', the Omni Consumer Products MegaCorp gets bought out by a Japanese corporation.
* 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.

* William Gibson's ''Literature/SprawlTrilogy'', 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.
* His subsequent ''Literature/BridgeTrilogy'', set mostly in the earthquake-ravaged cities of San Francisco and Tokyo, the latter rebuilt using self-constructing [[{{Nanomachines}} nanotech]] materials, also had quite a bit of this (as well as the China variant), despite having been written during the 1990s. This is partly due to the Tokyo setting, though, and much less pronounced in the Bay Bridge scenes.
* ''Literature/RisingSun'', a novel by Creator/MichaelCrichton is all about how Japanese culture is allowing them to outperform the West.
* The book version of ''Literature/{{Sphere}}'' heavily implies a very heavy influence between the West and Japan in the time-lost spacecraft's own prior timeline, which would be the future for the world at present in the book.
* Creator/KurtVonnegut's novel ''Hocus Pocus''.
-->"[The warden of the prison] worked for Sony. He had always worked for Sony."
* 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]].
* Creator/RobertSilverberg's ''Hot Sky At Midnight'', also written in 1994. In a dystopian future where the Earth's climate has been damaged beyond all repair, two Japanese mega-corps have taken over the world economy and are battling for supremacy: Samurai Industries, based out of Tokyo, and Kyocera-Merck, based out of Kyoto. Most workers are stuck in their company, hoping for a job that has "slope" to a better grade (as in, pay grade). Positions within the company hierarchy are highly stratified, with one's level of clearance determined by position; asking questions beyond your grade is bad for your career health. These positions are known as "Salaryman X", with X being a number (a lower number means a higher rank). Interestingly, just having a "Japanese" name, or being part Japanese, does not guarantee any favourable position; only the "purest" and most dedicated are worthy to ascend the ranks.
* In ''Literature/SnowCrash'', a collapse of the world economy has made Japan (Nippon) a major player in a very fragmented, franchised world government.
* Creator/PhilipKDick's ''Literature/TheManInTheHighCastle'' could be seen as both an UrExample of this and a sort of inversion; instead of depicting a future of Japanese dominance it shows an alternate present (when the book was written) where the Axis won World War II and the world is split between UsefulNotes/NaziGermany and Japan.
** 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."
* In Creator/CharlesDeLint's ''Svaha'', most of the few remaining cities AfterTheEnd are run by the {{yakuza}} and the corporations that they own.
* Part of the backstory of ''Literature/TheSparrow'' is that Japan is the pre-eminent economic power in the world.
* Creator/EphraimKishon wrote a satirical story about this. At the end he (the author BreakingTheFourthWall) feared that they might write better satires than him.
* EricLustbader wrote numerous unrelated novels around this concept, including ''Black Blade'' and ''[[GratuitousNinja White Ninja]]''
* 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.
* Parodied in ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'', where the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was part of a "complex, long-term, and ultimately successful strategy to dominate the U.S. consumer-electronics market."
* ''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.
* 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.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* 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}}]].

* 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, TV's, and minivans\\
And wonder where the money all goes...

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Due to the major influence of CyberPunk, ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' is set in a world where this is sometimes true. The "nuyen" has become a global currency, Japan reestablished its imperial family and expanded its territories by force (including the Philippines and a significant portion of the [[DividedStatesOfAmerica California Free State]]), and at any given time, Japan is home to a disproportionately large number of megacorporations, including the very first one. There are forces and setbacks keeping it from truly ruling the world though, like a rebellious general, a Great Dragon, natural disasters, and a megacorp moving its headquarters to Russia, but there are plenty who dream of global domination as a realistic possibility.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}} 2020'' also has Japan as the (economically) most powerful country of the near future, with Zaibatsu-like megacorporations having a hold in all markets and vast corporate armies protecting Japanese assets.
* This was popular enough for a while that ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' decided to play with it; one of the alternate earths in ''GURPS Alternate Earths I" was Shikaku-Mon, whose Japanese had taken over the world militarily rather than economically (after converting to Catholicism early and becoming a colonial power), but which still invoked many of the standard CyberPunk tropes.
* ''TabletopGame/{{TORG}}'' dealt with multiple dimensions, each representing a different genre, invading different parts of modern-day Earth. Japan was invaded by the "Nippon Tech" realm, which conducted its invasion through economics and espionage rather than the military invasion conducted by some of the other realms. Basically, the Nippon Tech realm was a direct invocation of this trope, and was heavily influenced by movies such as Blade Runner and Black Sun.
* Kind of used in ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}''. Japan as a nation (along with pretty much every modern day nation) no longer exists, thanks to the rise of interstellar empires, but the most powerful military belongs to the Japanese influenced Draconis Combine. Also of note is that said power comes from the nation's military, rather than economy, and culturally, it's closer to feudal Japan than modern day Japan.

* ''Theatre/TheCompleteHistoryOfAmericaAbridged'' gives this a wink and a nod:
-->'''Rock''': "Well, thank goodness we won this war; otherwise, the German and Japanese economies would dominate the world."\\
''(The boys can't believe this is right. They all check to make sure that their scripts are correct.)''\\
'''Rock''': Hmm... a terrifying thought.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The VideoGames industry can be seen as a microcosm of this trope, as Japan pretty much dominated the worldwide video game industry throughout the 1980s to 1990s up until the early 2000s. Even today, many of the most prominent video game franchises (Franchise/SuperMarioBros, Franchise/{{Pokemon}}, Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog, Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda) are Japanese.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' is a PeriodPiece set in TheEighties and invokes this trope as a historical reference in an [[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/GrandTheftAuto2'', 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).
* While it is a Japanese game developed by a Japanese team and written by [[Creator/HideoKojima a Japanese writer]], the treatment of the Tokugawa Corporation in ''VisualNovel/{{Policenauts}}'' is obviously supposed to resemble the way this trope was used in American action movies of the era, rather than CreatorProvincialism. (The game is a pastiche of American buddy cop movies.)
* ''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]].]]
* The Mishima Zaibatsu in ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheOrionConspiracy'', the OneNationUnderCopyright that the main characters (who are mostly British, aside from the Irish protagonist) belong to/work for is called Kobayashi.
* ''VideoGame/RiseOfNations'': You can accomplish this by playing as Japan in the basic campaign mode.
* Just about half of all RealTimeStrategy games set in the modern era has this as a potential ending.
* 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.
* It is implied that at the very least, Japan will rise to a permanent seat in the Security Council of the UN in one of the endings of ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor''. Justified, as demon power ''would'' imply a major power shift in global economics.
* You can play as Japan in the ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' series and literally take over the world by means of a Conquest or Domination victory. The game encourages you to do it, especially in V, where your soldiers attack at max strength even when damaged. Their Samurais are also a threat.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/EarthAndBeyond''. The Japanese took over ''Jupiter''.
* In ''Japan Bashing'', a strategy game for the PC98, the player must prevent Japan from taking over the U.S. by deploying anti-Japanese propaganda. Since [[NoExportForYou it's a Japanese game made by Japanese people for Japanese people]], it's all PlayedForLaughs.
* 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 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.
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/EiyuuSenkiTheWorldConquest'' as the player takes control of the Zipang/Japan army before embarking on the titular world conquest.
* ''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).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Prominent in many [[WarTimeCartoon propaganda cartoons]] from UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: ''WesternAnimation/TokioJokio'', ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunnyNipsTheNips'', ''WesternAnimation/TheDucktators''...
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': In "Road to the Multiverse", Brian and Stewie visit a universe where Japan dominated the world after World War II.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** There's this line from the episode "Colonel Homer," where Homer is approached by an agent from a Country Music label.
--->'''Agent:''' I'm from Rebel Yell Records, a division of the Tokasagi Corporation.
** 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. One of the German investors still looks Japanese, for some reason.
* Hell in the ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans'' universe is owned by a Japanese Mega-Corp and run by businessmen.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': This plot is used in the episode "Chinpokemon" where the {{Anime}} show is just camouflage for Japan's real intention to take over the world by brainswashing all infants into become Nippophiles [[note]] lovers of Japanese culture [[/note]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* 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/guerrilla/etc wars....
* Subverting this trope even more is the fact that Japan currently has no place (some would say allowed no place) 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.
* During the 1970s and 1980s, American motorists [[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.
** 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]].
* Look around you. There's a strong chance that more than half of the appliances around you have Japanese names. Furthermore, if you're a member of Generation X or Generation Y, you've been exposed to (if not an outright fan of) something with Japanese roots (''Franchise/PowerRangers,'' ''Anime/SailorMoon,'' ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', any other {{anime}} and many video game series). Japan may have never had an actual empire like the British or Spanish, but should Japan just come to a screeching halt, most other countries would feel it.
** They DID have an actual empire. Just [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII not for very long]].
** "[[HarsherInHindsight Should Japan come to]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aftermath_of_the_2011_Tohoku_earthquake_and_tsunami a screeching halt...]]"
** One could argue this is ultimately going to be a SubvertedTrope. Japan might become a cultural powerhouse, but nobody will give a damn what it thinks.
** 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 [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]]'s article [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debt-to-GDP_ratio here]])
* The rise of the Hodo-Hodo Zoku (So-So Folks) phenomenon where young Japanese workers refuse promotions and put less effort into their jobs also contribute to the discrediting of this trope.
* Inverted in July 2012 when U.S. DRAM chip manufacturer Micron bought Japanese DRAM manufacturer Elpida, giving Micron 25 percent control of the world DRAM market.[[http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/04/micron_officially_buying_elpida/]]
** But played straight when Toshiba bought out American OCZ Storage Solutions, which had a sizable chunk in the SSD market.
** Then subverted by the purchase of Sharp by Foxconn, a Taiwanese corporation.
* For a while motherboard and power supply manufacturers were touting their boards were fitted with "Japanese capacitors". It wasn't that Japanese capacitors were somehow superior in every way shape and form, but their original suppliers allegedly stole a formula for capacitor electrolyte and made a faulty version of it. More about it can be read at [[http://www.badcaps.net/forum/showthread.php?t=13 this forum post]].