generally outside of japan and south korea i don't touch asian brands. for the most part it's about quality and customer service. some have mentioned singapore products, i personally do not find singapore products to be of good quality. i find products like creative and consus to be low grade, low quality, and customer service is horrendous. products made in china, well, again i find it to be low quality. it's just my opinion but countries like japan have a reputation for honor and it goes into the products they make. countries like china, well, the pride and honor is just not seen in their products and many see chinese companies as only out to make a dollar by any means so the trust or consumer confidence is just not there for western countries. i personally see chinese products as cheaply made, therfore cheap quality. i'd rather buy something i know is built right and made to last and do what i need it to do worry free instead of only looking at the price tag and wanting cheap cheap because that is what you will get...cheap cheap.
some might argue and say many american products are made in china, true, but for the most part there are quality control measures because it is their reputation on the line.
just my opinion, but as with anything it is about image. Japan has a good image and superior markeing and is head and shoulders above any other asian country regarding image and quality.
...just my opinion