Well, I'm old enough to remember, as I'm sure many of you do, when "Made in Japan" meant poor quality
Not the case anymore.
In Japan, the cost of labour is so high, that many of the well known Japanese companies are moving their factories to China, most of the R&D and engineering is still done in Japan, but that too will change. The fact is that Japan is graying bad, the population here is becoming old, fast.
I used to do a lot of motorcycle touring here, outside of the major centers, there are all kinds of places that have become ghost towns. I remember driving up one very nice, lovely little valley, and I had a strange feeling, something was just not right I finally figured it out, there were no cars in the driveways, there was no laundry on the line, no dogs barking at us, and no rice growing in the fields, we were passing small farm after small farm that were empty, it was eerie
The vast majority of younger Japanese just do not want to work like their fathers did, work hard for a large company and see your kids twice a week for a few hours, they just do not want that lifestyle, there are so many of them that just live off their parents is makes me ill. The result of this is that the Japanese companies have to look abroad for their labour, it is cheap, yes, especially compared to Japan, but, the bigger thing to the companies is there are more trained or willing to be trained factory workers abroad than in Japan, they have to go where the workers are. Most young Japanese guys I know would NOT want to work shift work at a factory putting lug nuts on a new Honda 8 hours a day
Just my observations
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward