Why are many electronics launched in Japan first?

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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 so 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 industries of prominence such as those of automobiles, electronics and robotics. This last branch has even made the country the winner of several Nobel prizes in the field of science. 

Today, Japan is the country with the largest number of companies focused on technology and where the largest companies in the industry 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. Below we will present some facts that may justify this technological relationship. 

Japan and technology: how did this relationship begin?

As we mentioned earlier, Japan is one of the most industrialized countries on the planet, presenting the most advanced techniques and technologies. The industrialization process started there a long time ago, during the so-called Meiji Period (1868-1912) that ended the country's feudal economy and weakened family businesses, known as zaibatsus.

Por que muitos eletrônicos são lançados primeiro no japão?

These, however, returned very strongly after the Second World War, when Japan's economy started to recover from the effects of the conflict. Subsequently, the zaibatusus gave rise to companies like 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 placed the company on the frontier of electronic development, both in Japan and worldwide. The international success of companies came from continuous miniaturization and decreasing manufacturing costs.

From the second half of the 20th century, Japan experienced rapid urban-industrial growth, modernizing its activities and even leading innovations in the productive field, such as the implementation of the Toyotista model of production. The country has experienced remarkable economic growth and has become the second largest economy on the planet, having recently been overtaken by China.

Investment in science remains a priority for the Japanese

Despite some economic problems, Japan is struggling to continue to invest in technology research. The goal is make investments in supercomputers and build a modern space telescope. To this end, the Japanese government plans 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 by the government than by the population. In fact, the Japanese are simpler than they look. Producing technology there is not synonymous with use technology. But, some products are really essential for the Japanese routine and here not so much. 

Essential technologies for Japanese people

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 not yet widely used or even arrived in Brazil.

Below you can see some examples: 

Automatic car 

In Japan, the task of driving is much less traumatic for those who are averse to cars, for two main reasons:

  • The. the default is to have automatic gearbox and rear camera to park
  • B. Japanese drivers are more patient and drive more slowly, but with greater agility;
Por que muitos eletrônicos são lançados primeiro no japão?

In addition to most of the cars being new and of quality (many brands are Japanese, such as Toyota, Nissan, Honda) and with automatic transmission, passing the driver exam in Japan is something extremely complicated and expensive. Therefore, only those who are really qualified are on the streets.

Restaurant without 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 on a machine, similar to vending machines. Then, just sit and wait for the food to arrive in a cart that looks like a toy bullet train. 

Por que muitos eletrônicos são lançados primeiro no japão?

Smart watches

The well-known smart watches are starting to be successful here in Brazil, but there in Japan they are already best friends with young people. O smartwatch makes life easier from those who love their smartphones, but don't really like having to charge them all the time. 

Por que muitos eletrônicos são lançados primeiro no japão?

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 carry out tests wearing wristwatches, whether they are smart or not. After all, devices can offer an undue advantage to their users when taking an exam. 

Smart toilets

Japan's toilets are absolutely different. You have probably read something about them. Although unusual, there are some unique and often useful features, such as:

- Seat heater: almost all residential toilets have private heating, used mainly in winter.

Por que muitos eletrônicos são lançados primeiro no japão?

- Deodorant: the toilets have a system that releases a nice smell, so we don't need to use sprays to keep the bathroom clean.

- Sound that mimics toilet noise: in public restrooms, Japanese women are ashamed of the sound of urine and, with this, turned on the toilet while urinating. With this, a Japanese company created a noise that simulates the noise of the discharge, which is triggered at the same time that the person sits on the toilet.