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  •  This might a be an urban legend (0+ / 0-)

    but supposedly way back when, when "Made in Japan" meant junk - they simply created a town called USA. Everything made there was "Made in USA".

    •  Do you have a link for that claim? (0+ / 0-)

      I find it hard to believe US Customs would allow that.  They get very picky on "Made in USA" claims.  I worked at a company that tried to import product that had "Made in USA" and US Customs rejected the entire lot.  All imported products must have country of origin and that is something that customs checks carefully.

      "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength", George Orwell, "1984" -7.63 -5.95

      by dangoch on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 12:03:56 PM PST

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    •  Usa, in Japanese, is a short word for Rabbit. (11+ / 0-)

      As in "Chibi-usa," the chibi version of Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon's Japanese name is Usagi, which is the full word for rabbit. The Japanese look at the markings on the moon and instead of seeing a human face, they see a rabbit standing on its hind legs pounding rice in a traditional mortar and pestle. So rabbits and the Moon are inextricably linked in Japanes culture.

      Funny how now "Made in Japan" means extremely high quality stuff. I vaguely remember how, in the '60s, "Made in Japan" meant drek. Now the words "Made in China" represent the same crappiness.

      Good to see workers finally getting on their feet and into the street. Because this is the only way we're going to get REAL PROGRESS. The New Deal was only instituted because the radical Left (we're talking the Communist Party USA here) was marching in the streets demanding a revolution.

      There is a General Strike going on in France. WTF are we doing? Preparing for Super Bowl Sunday. We should be out tearing up shit in the streets, man. If we were, we'd get huge works programs and health care for all in the blink of an eye. We are fucking fat, lazy and spoiled here in the States. Republic Windows and Doors notwithstanding, we're hypnotized sheeple.

      WAKE THE FUCK UP. And get your boots on. We've got marching to do.

      Na na na na na na na na hey hey-ey goodbye.

      by Pris from LA on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 12:05:32 PM PST

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    •  Sorry, Snopes says it is false (3+ / 0-)
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      This rumor was almost certainly a tongue-in-cheek joke inspired by someone's noticing the coincidence of a town in Japan named Usa (and perhaps fueled by American xenophobia or lingering resentment of the Japanese). In fact, the Japanese city of Usa (on the island of Kyushu) was not creating by renaming an existing town; it was called Usa long before World War II.

      Snopes.com

      It does make for a good story, though. :D

    •  the version I heard was Usa, Russia (0+ / 0-)

      the same story only it was supposedly a town in Russia renamed Usa.... for the same reason as in your story.

      Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie

      by IreGyre on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 05:00:55 PM PST

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