Staff Writer, CNET News.com
December 8, 2004
The Japanese economy is undergoing historic changes to realize a long-awaited recovery, led by technology and other industries. As a result, stakes are particularly high this holiday shopping season as consumer electronics plays an important role in the turnaround effort.
Japanese companies face major tests in products such as digital cameras, high-end television sets and DVD players.
Global economic developments are forcing important changes in Japan's corporate culture, philosophy and workplace.
Depictions of Tokyo's techno-pop society stand in stark contrast to ancient icons of a country obsessed with tradition.
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