New Canon executive interview

Started Sep 10, 2007 | Discussions thread
RDKirk Forum Pro • Posts: 16,084
Canon surprises me in that aspect frequently

For a long-time global company to be as Japanese-centric as some folks on this forum would have us believe does not seem a reasonable assumption.

Canon certainly appears to be. Canon execs have stated more than once that Canon is a very traditionally Japanese company (consensus-driven and employment for life are two concepts they've stated are strong in Canon Inc).

Quirks in Canon design philosophy that most of the people on Western forums become explanable when one looks first at the Japanese market.

Once one knows, for instance, that Canon Inc sees the 5D market as the well-to-do amateur with a mania for photography--and once one knows that Japanese digital photographers are not nearly so personal-computer oriented as Western digital photographers are, then that print button begins to make sense.

Back when Canon was having its problems with the 20D grip (two problems, one with power and one with flex), Canon utterly ignored Western complaints, but when home-market complaints came in, Canon execs rushed out with humble apologies (the translations of their statement carried the world "apologize" at least three times) and offered a recall.

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