Quote Originally Posted by zsas View Post
Quality as a discipline began in Asia (Japan) post WWII (ie Juran/Demming)
Actually the Japanese have a very long tradition of craftsmanship, their carpentry was done to a mind-bogglingly high standard centuries ago.
But you're correct in the context of "western flavored" goods, and don't forget they were making cameras and lenses in the 20s and 30s.