Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/12/01

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Subject: [Leica] Craftsmanship and T981
From: "Mikiro Mori" <>
Date: Tue, 01 Dec 1998 02:32:50 PST

Hi, LUGers,
Maybe a rather off topic here, but Mr. Yasuhara's Ichi-Shiki (it means 
"formula-one") may deserves applause.
An engineer (formerly working in Kyocera) runs a risk of venture camera 
business, and there are craftsmen (or craftspersons) still living in 
Japan!  Craftsmanship is dying in Japan because of cost-reducing 
strategies and transfer of factories to other Asian countries.  This, 
quite ironically, has turned out to be a serious problem.  Major 
manufacturers in precision industry have difficulties in developing new 
products, because most of their craftsmen have retired and have no 
successors who can make "prototypes".  I hope there will be more camera 
studios making cameras of their own brands, just like watch 
manufacturers in Switzerland, and craftsmanship will survive in the next 

Best regards,

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