Here’s a good article about why the coolest electronics products are available first in Japan and may never make it to the U.S.

“Two years ago my wife and I spent an afternoon touring Akihabara, the Tokyo neighborhood devoted to consumer electronics. Everywhere we looked we found devices more advanced than any I’d seen in the United States. The gadgets were smaller, lighter, more feature-packed, and just generally cooler than models sold here. It was frustrating and almost insulting—why don’t we deserve the best too?”

There are several explanations for this phenomenon: