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#155 – January 12, 2023

The forgotten mistake that killed Japan's software industry

Everyone loves to complain about the poor quality of Japanese software, but today I’m going to explain exactly what went wrong. You’ll get the whole story, and I’ll also pinpoint the specific moment Japan lost its way. By the end, I think you’ll have a new perspective on Japanese software and understand why everything might be about to change.

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