When America Catches a Cold
It is said in Japan that when America catches a cold, Japan sneezes.
What is meant by that, is whenever something is popular in America, it won’t take long before it catches on in Japa or before Japan imitates it or often makes it even better.
Well, Japan has sneezed. Ah choo! or as the Japanese say hakuchon!
Sony is introducing a new digital walkman http://products.sony.co.uk/walkman_hd.asp
It was Sony’s original walkman that created a revolutionary music lifestyle. However, as early as January of this year, Apple had 45% of the Japanese market for digital music players, vs. 15% for Sony. Just one month before the new Walkman’s intro into the market the ration was Apple 53% and Sony 11%. That’s a big change.
Hasn’t it always been that America could create something and the Japanese would improve on it? Is this another example.
What do you think?
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