What years involve made in Japan Japan and occupied Japan?
Japan began manufacturing goods for export not long after it became industrialized in the late 1800s, and in the early 20th century it was known for its low-cost, often low-quality goods such as toys. "Made in Japan" used to have a negative connotation. But after the U.S. Occupation of Japan (1945-1952), when companies like the auto manufacturers (Toyota and Honda, for instance) were helped by western experts on manufacturing concepts, the quality of country's industrial output improved. By the 1960s, American military personnel took advantage of the low exchange rate of yen to return home with high fidelity audio and camera equipment, which was praised for its high quality. By the early 1980s, Japanese automobiles had overtaken American brands as consumer favorites because of their price and quality. Toyota remains one of the most popular auto brand in the world today, and Japan's largest company.