Although there was a time that anything branded "Made in Japan" wasn't exactly seen as high quality merchandise either. It was only 25 or 30 years ago the term "Jap crap" was bandied around from pillar to post....especially with respect to the auto industry. Or check out Pearl drums initial offerings in the 60's......they've come a long way from those humble beginnings...........or made in japan.
It's funny how the world turns. Give China another 25 odd years and the stigma will be gone from there as well. Perceptions of "inferior" or "cheap" product will change over time....nothing surer.
Doesn't change employment opportunities on the home front, but as I stated earlier, that horse had well and truely bolted long before this article was written.