Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Samsung is not a Japanese company, but a South Korean company.

Samsung is a South Korean based company.

However, many people except Japanese and Korean mistake Samsung to be a Japanese based company. According to the survey by KOTRA(Korean Trade-Investment Promotion Agency) in 2009 (see Searchina's article), 25.9% of foreign people think Samsung is a Japanese company(59.7%: a Korean Company, 10.4%: a Chinese company). Some Chinese people misunderstand it too, even though China is a neighboring country of Japan and South Korea. In China in 2012, Samsung's shop was attacked by Chinese rioters who were frustrated with JAPAN (see dongA.com's article). As said before, Samsung is a SOUTH KOREAN company.

Why do many people think Samsung is a Japanese company? There are three reasons.

First of all, many people don't know Japan and South Korea are SEPARATE countries. If you see the map below, you will get to know Japan and South Korea are separate countries.

Map created from DEMIS Mapserver, which are public domain, and then edited and location names added by the writer.

Secondly, Samsung have actively adopted Japanese technology. For instance, Samsung have picked out employees of Japanese manufacturers, such as Toshiba, Sony, Panasonic, Sanyo, Sharp, NEC and so on. In addition, Lee Kun-hee, Chairman of Samsung Electronics, has a degree in economics from Waseda University in Tokyo. Waseda University is one of leading universities in Japan.

The third, Samsung uses images of Japan for its advertising. For example, Samsung used a ninja(忍者) for its television commercial. A ninja is a kind of spy or assassin who lived in JAPAN beginning in the 14th century (If you don't know a ninja, see wikipedia). Here is the TV commercial.


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Samsung's website
http://www.samsung.com/

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21 comments:

  1. サムスンイタリアは非効率と泥棒でいっぱいです

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    1. To Adriano polini: If you're going to talk about thieves... the Japanese government stole ~62,000 Korean artifacts from Royal Tombs, and ~200,000 women to use as sex slaves... didn't the Japanese auto and electronics companies start out in the 50's and 60's by copying the Americans?

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    2. and japanese makers have a long history .they didnt copy ! they learn and inovate and that is the diference between JAPAN and ( kirea-china) copiers

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    3. I don't know why people say Japan never copies. Look at Japanese culture. Even their language! All have heavy Chinese influence...

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    4. You idiot. In the very past Chinese people have told the Japanese people all about their culture and Japan understood them and done what they said. That is not coping if the China made them like that.

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    5. Yes, Japan is a country with heavy Chinese influence, and Japanese did "copy" the Western technology, but improved it. The Korean companies however, takes technology from others, and sell it directly with cheaper price tags (no need to research=cheaper) Also, seri-park, the government did not STEAL the artifacts.

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  2. Samsung corp are full of thieves when the whole entire country of Japan is filled with perverts, porn stars, business spies, and retarded people who stab people using needles with HIV on it?

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  3. To Adriano Polini by the way.

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  4. hi..Im student from Informatics engineering, this article is very informative, thanks for sharing :)

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  5. Thanks! I made that mistake too!!!

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  6. Ridiculous! Why do you comment about the degree of the chairman of Samsung? That explanation is so non-sense. And, Who made that advertisement? It is RadioShack!

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  7. Dear Anonymous,

    Thank you for providing a useful comment.

    We need to add some explanation.

    First, members of the founding family of Samsung go to study in Japan. Lee Byung-chul, who is the founder of Samsung group and Lee Kun-hee's father, was a student at Waseda University. Lee Jae-yong, Lee Kun-hee's son, has an MBA degree from Keio University. Keio is also one of leading universities in Japan.

    Second, Samsung used Mt.Fuji for its television commercial broadcast in Europe. It was made by Samsung, not a retail store such as RadioShack.
    http://birthofblues.livedoor.biz/archives/50171022.html

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  8. I saw one comment written from japanese , he said japanese maker didnt copy . Do you think its true ?
    After the World War 2 Japan copied most of technology and design from Europe and America .
    I realize some Korean and Chinese company copied Japan , but who doesnt know Japanese copied a lot from other country as well. Shame on you Japan.
    How dare you call them copycat , Japan is orginal copycat country

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    1. After the Soviet Union have won the World War 2. America went to Japan and told all their stuff and that is how they learned it. While Korea without telling Japan anything they just stole all of their ideas and made the shitty company.

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  9. this is very official knowledge to find about Samsung is not a Japanese company then relied south Korean company too. thanks for share this post.

    Brand Consultant In Singapore

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  10. only reason people think its a Japanese company is because Samsung is normally good quality... Chinese and some Korean stuff is usually crap..

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    1. Yeah, which is why Toyota has been dodged with so many recalls in the past three years.

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  11. Great to see Samsung has adopted a number of advanced technologies. One example is customized app for samsung copier singapore using Android interface to control.

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  12. So when Japan does it, it's learning and adopting -- but when Korea does the same thing, it's copying and stealing? Yeah, Japan is an "exceptional" country all right, always pleading exceptions for itself only! Learn shame, Japan.

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  13. Influence does not mean appropriation. Both cultures, Japanese and Korean received influence from Chinese culture; they did not copy or appropiated Chinese culture. Eventually the new advances received suffer changes to accomodate to the other culture and necessities of that specific population.

    Chinese culture, by the way, is not free from external influences either. China received influence from Persian culture and Indian culture. You can see how Buddhism that came form India has strongly impacted Chinese culture. To a lesser degree some Japanese culture has also found its way into Chinese culture. See for example, folding fans, they were invented in Japan but were adopted by the Chinese as well as Koreans and other Asian cultures and Europe.

    When it comes to Samsung, in this case I think "copy" means plagiarism and the use of Japan's cultural icons to attract buyers given that Japanese culture is more known, appreciated and even fetished around the world (marketing stratetgy).

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  14. japan learn things and give credits to where they copied it. just like kanji, all japanese language students are taught that kanji is from china. copying is ok as long as you admit it, japan copied from the west but nowhere does japan say they invented everything. what japan did is to innovate and that is what they are baosting of. korea is the copying machine, and they don't even want to admit copying.... they don't even want to admit that their first modernization is indtroduced by japan to them, like their haidong kumdo LOL

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