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whosbetternobodyJan. 30, 2012 - 05:42PM JST
I read some comments written out of uneducated guess, ignorance and biases. Those Japanese commentators who feel that they are somehow superior and looking down their nose on their next door neighbor of South Korea should remember that they still have flat nose just like their counter part Asians and should be thanking the USA and Europe for bringing the enlightenment and technology to their shore in first place.
Tokyo's Nikkei recently said that Japan's automotive industry's various car companies must learn from (A) Germany & (B)South Korea. For what though? The Nikkei was advising its own Japanese companies to learn the (1) quality (2) design (3) price from Germany and S.Korea's car companies. The USA was not even included in the mentioning of those 2 countries in the Nikkei's. You can not downplay the South Korean cars which are said to be now competing and even surpassing Japanese companies according to Canada's elite business newspaper, the Globe & Mail.
What is more, even the prestigious J.D.Powers' annual ranking in the United States on all the domestic as well as the imported cars nowadays normally ranks the South Korean car companies' initial qualities ahead of the many Japanese car companies. Only Lexus, Toyota and Honda fare better than Korean car companies, but when comparing model by model, even Toyota sometimes can not outdo the South Korean counterparts. If I were you, I would not buy Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Mazda or even Toyota. When you live in the U.S. or Canada, you are able to recognize very easily how Japanese cars have become so dull and uninteresting in appearance whereas Korean cars now seem to be exuberant on design and even in quality!
Did you know that even Toyota's U.S. design division has the team of about at least 8 Korean designers one of whom is a Korean American manager!
I do not quite understand why many Korean young talents are hired by many car companies in Great Britain and the U.S as well as Japan, but certainly this is an indicative of the fact that South Koreans are able to fare competitively on the same level as their Japanese counterparts. Mind you also, some biggest Japanese firms send their emissaries to South Korea's universities, and in some cases even to Korean high school graduates, to scout potential young Korean talents after graduating from universities for good career positions in Japan; due to cultural and linguistic similarities, the recruitment has been sought by some of the well known firms in Japan.
The Economist magazine had reported that the country Japan feels the most pressure with is, interestingly not China, but South Korea. Some Japanese think tank is worried that there would be fierce competition even in the world's smart grid energy market with S.Korea in future and this concern was made after they were quite alarmed when S.Korea recently won the bid to build nuclear energy reactor in the Middle-Eastern country striking down the bid efforts by France and Japan. Japan is said to be the world's #1 in robotics, but South Korea is closing gap with Japan on robotics that some of the Japanese robotic firms were threatened to make alliance of themselves to brace for South Korean juggernauts. Also South Korea had surpassed Japan already very long time ago on high-tech ship building industry (it was also featured on the Discovery channel's documentary on South Korea's high-tech ship builders) and now S.Korea (not Japan) dominates the world's ship building market. South Korea is one of the very handful of countries that is able to build supersonic jets, aegis destroyers, military robots etc. because of which Israelis were recently considering to purchase the supersonic jets to be used in the Israeli Defense Force's airforce. Did you also know that robotic surgeries at medical facilities in South Korea has become so prevalent that British as well as Japanese doctors go to S.Korea to learn the robotic surgery?
Some commentators seem to be very much downplaying the South Korean people as though they are just copying everything from their next door neighbor of Japan. But why is it that then while Japanese cell phones are now becoming almost extinct in North America, South Korean smart phone sales are soaring up and that now, south Korean smart phones outsell Apple's I-phones world wide?
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