Always: this is perhaps the adverb that best describes today's Japan.
It describes both what never changes and what may soon change.
Economically, Japan is “still” the third largest economic power behind the United States and China.
It “always” figures prominently among the most innovative countries.
Both by the number of patents filed and patents cited in the filings, the Archipelago is racing in the same top three, neck and neck with Germany.
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Apart from the automotive industry, the big electronic brands have often disappeared from the imagination of consumers, replaced by their Chinese and South Korean competitors.
But what said consumers fail to perceive is that their machines are still running on invisible “made in Japan” key components, which require large-scale manufacturing processes that are very difficult to replicate.
At home, the Japanese "always" enjoy enviable living conditions.
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