When Did Japan Stop Being The Future?Charlie Jane Anders6/18/09 6:32pm1051EditPromoteDismissUndismissHideGo to permalinkU.S. science fiction used to be fascinated with Japan, from Blade Runner to Neuromancer. Everything Japanese was cooler, sleeker and shinier than our grubby American aesthetic, and Japan was destined to dominate. And then, Japan's futuristic status waned. What happened?