That depends on where the factory was located. Most of Japan's industry and population is south of the area hit the hardest. What about TV's, microwaves, etc. Almost all microchips are made in America or Japan. They are only sent to China for assembly into computers or TV's. Optics, don't know. I know I have a good Nikon scope on my 35 Whelen. Very clear. In the store it was more clear than a Leopould at about the same price. I also have two Nikon cameras. An old 35mm and a new electronic one.
Yep we will pay for the greed of business. They moved production to Japan or sourced it in Japan for cheap labour now of course it's China etc the costs they saved goes into more profits and their pockets... now there is trouble no doubt they will start screaming about how they're suffering... yet they didn't care about those put out of work and never will. If China and the 3rd world decided to stop exports we would be in real doo doo.
probably wont be just the jap scopes. Id guess that some of the american manufactures by jap glass and its just a simple fact that if the japs raise there prices and are still selling the american manufactures will jump right up there with them. Just told my buddy the other day. There are some great prices on optics and electronics like tvs right now and if a guy was smart hed be taking advantage as just the increase in the gas prices alone are going to send prices skyrocketing. then factor in the jap fiasco and id bet in two years the price of these things has doubled.