Forget metaphor, let’s just say out loud what I know you are thinking: the defeat of Takeru Kobayashi at the 2007 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest signals the end of Japanese global dominance.
But how unfair: American Joey Chestnut took the title away from the long-time champion only after stealing eating techniques that Kobayashi invented.
Again, we see the same pattern: the Japanese create original conceptual innovations, and the Americans appropriate these and profit from small incremental innovations upon the Japanese ideas. Kobayashi — coming out of an incredibly creative Japanese education system — invented the “Solomon technique,” and now those brain-dead zombies from the United States have stolen it and used their massive advantages in thuggish physique to beat the genius at his own game. Kobayashi must have been thinking about this when he very literally threw up a little in his own mouth.
First, hot dogs, next steel production. Will karma catch up to Americans or will they be allowed to keep profiting off the innovations of others?