Japan’s tech future

This is an LA Times article on the supposed turn-around of the Japanese electronics industry, focusing on Panasonic/Matsushita and Sharp. It is clear that Sharp is leading the way with LCD TVs and Matsushita has turned around, but count me still skeptical about the non-commodity nature of the majority of consumer electronics.
Self-Reliance Key to Japan’s Tech Survival Strategy [latimes.com] free subscription required