Been to a Toyota Production Plant in Toyota City, Nagoya. The QC is jaw dropping. That place doesn't look like a factory. It looks like a huge mall.
To me, there will always be ppl who insist that subcontracted countries produce just as good stocks. But when ppl look at defected batches of goods, tech problems, recalls, they attack the parent company, and rarely (if ever) question where the goods are made. Not to say MIJ products are perfect of course. But in my lifespan, the incidences are far lower than those made in most other parts of Asia, especially for electronic goods.