Makers, but not as we know them.... Answered
Japanese technology companies are renowned for their innovations.
But, really, what completely new products have come out of Japan in the last decade?
It seems that Japan has lost its creativity, and slipped into serial innovation, producing upgraded versions of established sellers (sounds like Apple?).
There are Makerspaces, but not as we know them.
Tokyo is home to a Makerspace stuffed with a 1bn yen ($8.5m; £5.5m) worth of equipment, but it's behind serious security and costs $250/month to be a member.
It's more of a tech start-up incubator than the Makerspaces we know in the US & UK.
I know Japanese makers exist, they had their own Makerfaire, but the stuff they make is subtly different. It's "finished". Every hobby 3d printer, drone or CNC machine I have seen has had exposed workings, loose wires, visible guts that you can see doing stuff. Duct tape is a styling must.
Japanese projects have hidden internals, sleek, professional-looking enclosures and casings. Even one-off projects look like they came from a warehouse with another ten thousand stored in crates.
I'm not saying this is a bad thing. It's just a different aesthetic (me, I like seeing stuff do stuff, rather than a polished case flash an LED to tell me it has finished silently doing hidden stuff), but where does it happen?
Do all Japanese Makers have professional-quality workshops hidden under their bed?
Does anybody know? Do we have any Japanese makers here to tell me I'm wrong?