Japan is about to overtake America to become the world leader in information technology. This book tells the remarkable story of how the Japanese did it - and reveals the techniques Japanese companies have used to displace American and European manufacturers from this critically-important industry. The vast majority of VCRs, laptop computers, photocopiers and faxes we buy today have been manufactured in Japan. They join the transistor, the colour television, the microwave oven, the microchip and industrial robots on the long list of inventions which were born in the USA, but are now made in Japan. This revealing book by one of the world's leading authorities on the IT industry brings together the different elements of the story of Japan's conquest of information technology.
"Forestera s book adds yet another warning on Americaa s global competitive position. We can agree or disagree with his analysis, but we cannot lightly dismiss the facts that he has so persuasively presented." Ian M Ross, President emeritus, AT & T Bell Laboratories "Tom Forester has brilliantly pieced together seemingly unrelated Japanese actions to show that their cumulative impact spells certain doom for the American IT industry. Anyone involved in the high--tech industry should read this book, as it shows the serious Japanese desire for technological and market supremacy." Michael C Sekora, President, Technology Strategic Planning, Inc. "Silicon Samurai is a must read for anyone intersted in the economics of high technology." Clyde V Prestowitz, President, Economic STrategy Institute, Washington D. C.
Contents Preface 1. Land of the Rising IT Industry 2. Consumer Electronics: Attacking the Soft Underbelly of IT 3. Semiconductors: How Japan Captured the 'Rice' Industry 4. Computers and Software: Moving Up the Technology 'Food Chain' 5. Manufacturing Technology: Controlling the Means of Production 6. Office Equipment: Supplying the Tools of the Trade 7. Telecommunications: Building the New Information 8. Conclusion: Japan, the US and Europe Index.