It is impossible not to relate technology to the Japanese. Just as samba represents Brazil around the world, electronics represent Japan. However, it was not always like this and some events were responsible for guaranteeing this title.
Japan is the Asian country that invests the most in technology and also the most technological in the world. There you can find the most diverse prominent industries such as automobiles, electronics and robotics. This last branch has already made the country the winner of several Nobel prizes in the area of science.
Today Japan is the country with the largest number of technology-oriented companies and where the largest companies in the field are based. Japan's technology market is one of the most sought after in the world and Japanese products are already widely distributed around the world. We will present below some facts that can justify this technological relationship.
Índice de Conteúdo
Japan and technology: how did this relationship start?
As we said earlier, Japan is one of the most industrialized countries on the planet, with the most advanced techniques and technologies. The industrialization process began there a long time ago, during the so-called Meiji Era (1868-1912), which ended the feudal economy in the country and weakened family businesses, known as zaibatsus.
These, however, returned with great force after World War II, when Japan's economy began to recover from the effects of the conflict. Subsequently, the zaibatusus gave rise to companies such as Mitsubishi, Mitsui and Sumitomo.
Sony was also founded there in 1946 and quickly advanced in the field of electronics. The invention of the pocket transistor radio put the company on the frontier of electronic development, both in Japan and around the world. The companies' international success came from continued miniaturization and falling manufacturing costs.
From the second half of the 20th century onwards, Japan underwent rapid urban-industrial growth, modernizing its activities and even leading innovations in the productive field, such as the implementation of the Toyotist model of production. The country experienced remarkable economic growth and became the second largest economy on the planet, recently being overtaken by China.
Investment in science remains a priority for the Japanese
Despite some economic problems, Japan is making an effort to continue investing in technology research. The goal is make investments in supercomputers and build a modern space telescope. To this end, the Japanese government intends to increase the budget for science and technology by 21%. If the measure is approved by the Ministry of Finance, the country will have almost R$ 44 billion (according to the current exchange rate) to invest in research. In Brazil, investment in the area does not exceed R$ 4.5 billion.
This is the big difference in the country, the effort to maintain the economic matrix is great. More from the government than from the population. In fact, the Japanese are simpler than they seem. Producing technology there is not synonymous with use technology. But, some products are really essential for the Japanese routine and not so much here.
Indispensable technologies for Japanese
Although globalization and the internet allow the spread of technologies around the globe more quickly, the difference between countries makes some electronics more common in some places. There are some technologies that are very common there in Japan, but they are still not widely used or have not even arrived in Brazil.
Below you can see some examples:
In Japan, the task of driving is much less traumatic for car-averse people, for two main reasons:
- the . the standard is to have automatic transmission and rear camera for parking
- b . Japanese drivers are more patient and drive slower, but with greater agility;
In addition to most cars being new and of good quality (many brands are Japanese, such as Toyota, Nissan, Honda) and with automatic transmission, passing the Japanese driver's exam is extremely complicated and expensive. Therefore, only those who are really qualified are on the streets.
restaurant without a waiter
How about choosing your dish directly from a machine, without the need for waiters? A percentage of restaurants, especially fast-food restaurants, order and pay directly at a vending machine. Then, just sit and wait for the food to arrive in a cart that looks like a toy bullet train.
The well-known smart watches are starting to be successful here in Brazil, but in Japan they are already young people's best friends. The smartwatch makes life easier for those who love their smartphones, but don't really like having to carry them all the time.
Here in Brazil the device is not new, but it has not gained so much popularity. In Japan however, smartwatches were even banned at Kyoto University. The educational institution issued a statement warning its students that it will not be possible to take exams wearing wristwatches, whether they are smart or not. After all, devices can provide an undue advantage to their users while taking an exam.
Japan's toilets are absolutely different. You've probably read something about them. Although unusual, there are some unique and often useful features, such as:
– seat warmer: almost all residential toilets have toilet heating, used mainly in winter.
– deodorizer: the toilets have a system that releases a pleasant smell, so we don't need to use sprays to keep the bathroom looking clean.
– Sound that mimics toilet noise: in public restrooms, Japanese women are ashamed of the noise of their urine and, as a result, turn on the toilet while urinating. With this, a Japanese company created a noise that simulates the noise of the flush, which is activated at the same time that the person sits on the toilet.