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Fender Japan, Ltd. The collaboration began in and ended on March 31, , with Fender's launch of Fender Music Corporation Japan taking over the Japanese business effective April 1, with a Fender-manufactured product line. In the late s, Fender was facing competition from lower-priced Japanese-made guitars. The higher-priced Fender guitars were made in the United States and could not compete directly with Japanese-made Fender copies. Since Japanese labor and production costs were much lower than in the United States, Fender moved the lower-priced Fender guitar production to Japan and began negotiations with several Japanese musical instrument distributors. In March , Fender Japan, Ltd.
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In I started carrying Tokai guitars here on the site. These guitars come straight from the Tokai factory in Hamamatsu and are all made in Japan! People, every part is produced in Japan every capacitor, knob, switch, pot, bridge, pin, plate, screw, truss rod, nut, frets, body, neck, etc. Many of the parts are made by the famous Gotoh company, including the pickups. These are set-up at the factory and I open them up for inspection and then repackage the guitars in the original boxes.