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The Economic Pearl Harbor

Few Americans really understand that the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 was the end result of the order by President Franklin Roosevelt that cut off American metal exports to Japan required to fuel their war machine that was invading and dominating their weaker Asian neighbors. The Japanese continued to negotiate with U.S. government officials to resume their metal exports including up to the day the surprise attack took place. In fact, many of smaller warships of the Japanese Navy were old scrap American or British ships that were retrofitted with guns and renamed as Japanese war vessels. Unlike China, where the teacher was always respected as the greatest member of their society, the warrior was always respected as the greatest honor in Japanese society. And past naval victories over the Russians or others during the 1800's only helped to fuel a sense of Japanese Asian superiority.

After WWII, Japan never really completely lost their warrior culture instincts, but simply reshaped these cultural instincts into a sense of economic warfare with rival states. During the 1950's the founder of Sony attempted to convince Japanese government officials that the future of Japan lay in the development of electronics as a new way to economically take on the United States. Compared to many Japanese companies that merely were selling cheaply made toys made from recycled soup cans, the vision of the founder of Sony was indeed far reaching. And while the U.S. struggled with tube technology electronics in their radios and TVs, Sony was the first maker to produce a small all transistor television as far back as 1959, while the very last American tube technology television was the General Electric PortaColor still sold as late as 1978 in the U.S. The Transistor was to be the new weapon of the coming Japanese economic warfare campaign of predatory capitalism in the U.S.

During the 1970's the parent company of Panasonic, the Matsushita Electric Company, decided that they were to become the first wave of the new economic Pearl Harbor warfare attack on the American television industry and intended to completely destroy this industry and all the American jobs associated with it. Matsushita considered anything short of the complete destruction of the entire American television industry to be a sign of failure. Solid state televisions were dumped on the American market at prices so low that the American television manufacturers could not complete. And the failure of American technical staffs to develop products as modern as the new Japanese televisions only helped to worsen the defeat the Americans in this economic war.

Quasar, the American brand had technology problems with their solid state high voltage systems and had to actually put four tubes back into their televisions by the Mid70's. Matsushita considered it a great victory when Quasar was sold to them and become another of their brand names, now built in Japan. Like Flies, American TV brands wilted and died under the Japanese economic warfare assault, RCA, G.E., Zenith, Admiral and others. Zenith, the last American holdout brand was so cash strapped that it could only find funding from a South Korean bank, which eventually called in the loan, and made Zenith a South Korean brand.

Both South Korea and China were greatly inspired by the successful Japanese economic war on America during the 1970's and the ease at which American industries could be taken apart and completely dominated by their products. Automobiles and other economic warfare waves of products followed the television war on America. China has been able to take advantage of a currency valued against the American dollar instead of floated against other currencies, allowing a 40% discount of their products sold in America for example.

After WWII, Japan and other Asian states did not lose their interest in war. They simply redefined warfare in economic terms and decided that ruining entire American industries and dominating our markets and taking all of the related jobs was to be the new modern form of warfare. America is indeed a declining industrial power.


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