Why are most recent big airports in Japan in the sea?

According to the Wikipedia Narita Airport entry (a whoooole load more interesting than that sounds), it was due to the riots that happened in the 60s and 70s when Narita Airport was built. “The conflict was a major factor in deciding to build the new Osaka and Nagoya airports (Kansai and Chūbu respectively) offshore on reclaimed land, instead of again trying to expropriate land in heavily populated areas.”

Why did the Japanese mobile handset manufacturers (Toshiba etc) not make it big worldwide?

The Japanese market was so closed that they never needed to become competitive

(according to Shutting Out the Sun, quoting some American academic whose name I forgot to note down)

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