My earliest memory of JVC was a 24" television we had when I was very young (like 4 years old, which would be about 1980) that probably weighed about 300 lbs. I remember it being pretty craptastic, I think the only other JVC component I owned in my life was a VCR in college because it was one of the cheapest at Best Buy or Frys or wherever the heck I bought it.
I'm pretty much figuring at this point that any JVC goodness that head-fiers would be most interested in will remain imports for the foreseeable future. The irony is we'll be paying more for the privilege. But I bet the activity generated from this site is barely more than a blip in domestic sales.
Personally, I think alot of this is due to Sony's dominance over here on the upper end and the desire not to compete. I imagine it is quite expensive to export and esp. market vertically, and *esp* back the 70s and even 80s there was a very anti-Asian made bias here. Made in Japan no longer carries that bias, but made in China, Tawian, Singapore, etc, is still synonomous with being junk. The funny thing about China though is they are essentially the kings of manufacturing and despite producing everything Apple, the average American hears 'made in China' and they immediate think junk.
EDIT: The big elephant in the room I must mention... I kinda have the feeling there are more audiophiles in Japan. I don't mean per capita, I mean overall compared to the US. My impression is Audiophiles generally a negative connotation in the US. There's definitely a geek/loser bias. That's a bit why "Beats are cool".
Edited by bobeau - 10/21/12 at 8:37am