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Today "Made in Japan" connotes high quality, technologically advanced manufacturing but during Japan's recovery from World War II it was synonymous with cheap shoddy products. Some exports were marked "MADE IN USA".
I inserted this anecdote about "Made in Usa". Thanks for supplying more info. I did not claim that a town was renamed "Usa" for a devious purpose. I do however have a dim memory of a childhood toy car, made from recycled Japanese tin cans (Japanese printing on the inside of the car), marked "MADE IN USA". 18.104.22.168 05:27, 14 Jun 2005 (UTC)
That's how these urban legends are; there are always slightly different versions around. The version I heard was not that a town had been renamed Usa, but rather that goods intended for export were intentionally manufactured in the town that had always been called Usa, so that they could be labeled MADE IN USA. —Angr 13:42, 29 December 2006 (UTC)
I heard this myth from my sixth grade teacher and was checking this page to see if there was any truth to it. Should the same information be placed on the [Usa, Kōchi] and [Usa District, Ōita] pages? 22.214.171.124 19:39, 17 July 2007 (UTC)