Minidriver, be that as it may regarding the Toyota scandal, Japanese car sales across the board have risen recently, here and abroad, mainly in China! But indeed, a changing of the old guard for younger generational thinkers is in the wind here!
SHARP company is doing a total restructuring (one of my clients is a 18 year employee and now in mid management). Panasonic/National just switched CEOs and the new guy just consolidated the two names into one PANASONIC, to raise world market awareness and reduce confusion of the National name ( home appliances here in Japan). All signage here has been changed to just PANASONIC, all business cards have been switched over..etc....costing a fortune!!!! (I teach at the Panasonic RandD facility).
As a watch company here, Seiko always had the monopoly on the market IMO, squeezing out Citizen and Orient shelf space every where....at least since I arrived 7 years ago. Now, things are different. Of course, Seiko bought out Orient outright, and now we see the brand much more in stores, though they are in boutique stores mostly.....Times they are achanging!