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Yeah, Japan could learn a lot about how to handle critical business from S. Korea.

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ebisenToday  07:46 am JST

Yeah, Japan could learn a lot about how to handle critical business from S. Korea.

Not in this case. Japan does not have access to slave labour like China (and by extension South Korea) so it will always be more expensive to produce low-level tech like TV screens for them. Why compete in the low end consumer electronics market when you get undercut in production costs right off the bat? Chinese and South Korean brands can't compete in the high end at all, where labour costs aren't a factor, but high quality, low tolerances and excellent design are.

A better statement would be: "China and South Korea could learn a lot from Japan about how to conduct their own R&D without relying on the US/Europe/Japan for IP theft."

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South Korean brands can't compete in the high end at all

What a ridiculous statement. Samsung sold twice as many phones as Apple in Q3, mostly top end, and had 5G two years earlier. As for Japanese R&D, how many Japanese phones are being sold these days?

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happyhereToday  07:42 am JST

What a ridiculous statement. Samsung sold twice as many phones as Apple in Q3, mostly top end, and had 5G two years earlier. As for Japanese R&D, how many Japanese phones are being sold these days?

I should have put the wrods "prosumer" and "professional" instead of high end. Phones don't fall into those categories as they are marketed to everyone. Also Samsung made its niche in phones by ripping off Japanese phones in the 90's, and the Iphone in the 2000s. But since you brought up the notion that Japan is somehow lacking in R&D in the phone industry, I'll say this: The Sony Experia 5 II is every bit as good, if not better than whatever Samsung phone you care to mention.

Oh, and folding screen phones are a gimmick that no one is falling for.

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@HillClimber

Complete denial. There is nothing factual in your statement. High end is since long time designed and produced in Korea and China. If you are sensible to forced labor don't buy any JP product made in China then. If you are sensible to IP theft what about Sony walkman ? Isn't Xperia a copy of Samsung with low Q OS ?

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A better statement would be: "China and South Korea could learn a lot from Japan about how to conduct their own R&D without relying on the US/Europe/Japan for IP theft."

Head deep in the sand or should I say living on past glory.

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@barto xperia is a copy of samsung? lol.. i own an xperia 5 mk 2 and show me any samsung phone half as capable as my phone.

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@Hillclimber

Japan does not have access to slave labour like China (and by extension South Korea)

1) Wage gap between China and Japan has narrowed greatly over the years. This is why Japanese firms are returning back to Japan.

2) Average Samsung factory employee makes USD 100K salary.

Chinese and South Korean brands can't compete in the high end at all

Hello, this is 2020(Or 2021 if you are in Japan), not 1990.

A little dose of reality for you.

The most reliable 2021 SUV models you can buy in the US according to Consumer Reports. "Made In Japan" is no longer what it used to be.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qF9qB6kuIk

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Samit BasuJan. 1  04:31 am JST

1) Wage gap between China and Japan has narrowed greatly over the years. This is why Japanese firms are returning back to Japan.

This is nowhere near a broad general rule applied to Japanese companies. It's only for companies with "production of goods that either are important to public health or are manufactured largely in a few specific countries."

https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Japan-companies-line-up-for-China-exit-subsidies-to-come-home

2) Average Samsung factory employee makes USD 100K salary.

In your comment, Factory employees = Upper management. Don't make me laugh. The person on the floor putting Japanese components together in phone and TVs is getting paid a fraction of that.

Hello, this is 2020(Or 2021 if you are in Japan), not 1990.

Read my comment after that quote. Whether you like it or not, there is huge momentum against Chinese and Korean made goods. And at the Prosumer and Professional level, Chinese and Korean products don't even get noticed.

The most reliable 2021 SUV models you can buy in the US according to Consumer Reports. "Made In Japan" is no longer what it used to be.

1 "SUV" model doesn' mean antyhing. You should pay attention to the overall reliability of Mazda asa company which finally dethroned Toyota in 2020. Those two companies are at the top of the industry for reliability. Nobody cares about a single Hyundai model.

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