Japan as a Technological Leader of the World

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Topic: Tech & Engineering

The technological integration of the world is changing, and different countries are adopting new and modernized methods of adapting to these changing scenarios. The past depicts that countries like United States, United Kingdom, and certain European countries were considered as the technological giants, but in the current scenario, countries like Japan, China, and India are labeling themselves as the technological powerhouses.

These counties are growing slowly and steadily, but the immense emphasis on technology results is benefiting them in both the short and the long run (Greene 2006). This paper analyzes the technological aspects of Japan and will Japan be able to take the leadership of the world as a technological country.

In a similar manner, the elements of the economic crisis are discussed that how countries are suffering from the economic crisis and what is the stance of Japan in this economic crisis. Furthermore, the new technological aspects of Japan are discussed and how ecological efforts are initiated by Japan to survive in this world.

However, Japan has a lot of dependable technology; there are two main aspects that are discussed in this paper. The first one is how Japan is using its technology to contribute to world society while the second is how they are appealing the world with these technologies.

Japan is usually considered as the center of establishing modernized technologies for the past few years. This country has progressed itself, and it is considered as a leader in advancing technologies. (Nakayama and Goto 2001) Analysts and strategists actually believe that this is because of the involvement of Japan’s government, which has stressed a lot of research and development facilities in the country.

Different organizations and research and development centers are introduced by the Japanese government, which is solely engrossed in developing modernized and environmentally friendly technologies. In a similar manner, there are different government-funded agencies in Japan, and it can be said that the environment of Japan is technologically friendly because it easily embraces technological innovation in society.

Different agencies are extensively working in Japan for the purpose of developing new and modernized technologies for customers around the world (Herstatt and Stockstorm 2005). JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency) and AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) are engrossed in developing research and development projects for different customers around the world (Morishima 1984).

In a similar manner, these organizations are working along with different universities and public research institutes to achieve the long term objectives of the country.

Japan is one of the progressing countries of the world, and many developed counties are following the footsteps of Japan. There are countries that have even copied the technologies and the technological principles of Japan because nearly all the countries believe that they are on a progressive track.

Japan has one of the highest technological exports in the world, and they are famous for their latest methodologies of work, and its workforce is highly skilled as well. There are many countries in the world that actually claim that they are true are leaders of technology, and they can lead the entire world with their technologies.

In a similar manner, the collaborative effort of Japan and strong technological relations with other countries is one of the biggest reasons for their quality (Low 2005).

Since Japan is known for its quality but with the advent of its cost-effective products, this country created a new niche of products, and customers were attracted to the products of Japan. This advent of new products created a sustainable competitive advantage for this country in both the short and the long run

The financial crisis, like other countries, affected Japan and the growth of this country was negatively affected in the scenario of the financial crisis. However, history suggests during the phase of the 1980s, the economy of Japan benefitted from the cold war relationships with the United States (Yoshikawa and Kauffman 1994).

In this stage, Japan started to progress, and because of its easy access to American markets and technologies, they progress rapidly. The United States also helped Japan in certain scenarios, and Japan was progressing slowly and gradually in the field of technology.

After the Korean War, new plants and different new technology-oriented organizations were developed in Japan (Nakayama and Goto 2001). Therefore, history depicts that in this scenario, Japan was able to cope with the financial crisis after the financial disruptions.

The recent scenario in Japan is that new and modernized technologies are developing, and these technologies are focusing on environmental issues that are several affecting societies. People are concerned a lot about these issues, and certain nongovernmental organizations are also increasing the awareness of people. Therefore, after electronics and cars, Japan, in this current era, is focusing on environmental friendly issues (Chinworth 1992).

However, the general inventions of this country are eye-catching, and they, before they have invented humans, cannot even believe that this can also happen.

Surfing in the rain, computers controlled by the human eyes, giant satellites, mind-reading robots, etc. are some of the inventions of Japanese that can easily galvanize a human mind and normal consumers living in a third or even a developing country might question that can it really happen that a man can surf the internet on the umbrella when it’s raining.

In a similar manner, there were certain other devices that have shaped the normal lives of a common man, and people can easily say that through different technologies, they are getting modernized and this modernization is helping them in their lives (Henrichsen 2004).

Therefore, it can be said that there were different pitfalls attached to the economic crisis, and through proper planning and procedures, Japan slowly and gradually came out of this economic crisis. Researchers and strategists believe that these economic crises were taken as an opportunity, and after a certain period of time, the Japanese turned the tables (Herstatt and Stockstorm 2005).

The technological influx of Japan has actually taken the world by storm and from mobile phones to electronic devices and from personal computers to strong and technology-oriented cars. Japan has crossed all the levels of technological advancements, and their scientists and researchers are thinking beyond the level of normal technology-oriented companies (Greene 2006).

If Japan is evaluated in terms of technology, development, and growth, then it can be clearly said that the technological aspect of Japan can be considered as their sustainable competitive advantage, and they are considered as the leaders of the technology (Howe 1999).

However, it can be said that this country has contributed a lot to world society by developing ecological technologies and standards of the world. Besides that, it can be said that they have organized different fairs and trade shows to depict what are their technologies are directly related to ecology and how Japan’s technology is helping the world to become a better place.

Although there are different inventions of Japan that actually benefitted the world in both the short and the long run, the ecological developments Japan is helping the world to sought issues like global warming, pollution, waste management, etc.

Although it can be said that the implementation part is very slow but slow and gradually people are adopting the eco- friendly technologies of Japan, in a similar manner, technology has been developed by the researchers to save the marine lives and animals that are getting extinct from this world.

However, there are different policies of Japan, and of the most important policy of Japan is that their national and international strategies are unified. They can be definitely regarded as the leaders of the world as far as the technological advancements are concerned. In a similar manner, another point arises that how to appeal a great point of technology to the entire world (Hornyak 2006).

Therefore, in this regard, it can be said that viable steps are taken by the government of Japan, which are related to the promotion of these technologies.

Besides, that organizing mega-events and developing international exhibitions is another major promotional strategy of Japan that is benefitting them and the world in both the short and the long run. This ecological technology of Japan would not only save the world, but it also has a positive effect on the overall image of Japan that they are more concerned about the climate and natural habitats of the world.

Thus, it can be concluded that Japan is the current leader of the technological race, and in the long term, strategists and analysts through proper research depict that Japan would remain the leader of the world in terms of technology.

However, this country is progressing in other fields as well, but through research, it is evaluated that technology is their main competitive advantage, and this country has the tendency to sustain it in both the short and the long run.

Furthermore, Japan should form bonds in technological development with other countries in the same region so that all these countries can easily control aspects of global warming, extinction of species, and other related aspects that can harm the entire world in the near future.

Besides that, it should be kept in mind that strategies should be developed in coordination with all the major players in the world. All in all, it can be easily said that with the advent of modern technologies which even include environmental friendly cars, ecological plants, and fruits, high-speed computers Japan is the leader of the world when it comes to technological advancement.

Although they have diverted their attention towards the world and their current strategies are focusing on the ecological aspect of the world. They should develop a strategy that all the major players of the world should be connected with each other in order to save the world from the horrors of global warming, extinction of species, etc.

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