During my first tour of duty as a young man in the diplomatic service many years ago, I was struck by the number of Japanese cars on Kenyan roads.
Since coming back to Kenya as the ambassador last year, I have noted that the Japanese auto industry has held its place.
Every morning and evening driving to and from work in the busy Nairobi traffic presents a veritable sea of Japanese cars of all makes, models and sizes.
The situation is the same in the rest of the world as four Japanese firms ranked in the top 10 world automobile sellers last year.
The success of the Japanese automotive industry presents the most visible example of the confidence its technology enjoys across the globe.
The auto industry’s dominance is clearly visible to everybody, but there are other Japanese products equally popular.