A couple very well thought out and well written posts Stan!
While I too do not like what globalization has done to reduce the uniqueness in different cultures, it is what it is. The D90 or D7000 would never have reach the number of sales Nikon wishes to see if we were dependent on Japan only factories. Off shore work goes both ways. My Acura was made in the USA, just about everything except the transmission was from the USA. This is the new world whether we like it or not. If you have ever shopped even once at WalMart, you've supported China. If you have a modern TV, yup mostly Chinese. I'd never have been able to buy my 35mm 1.8G AF-S for under $200 if it wasn't made in China and I'd probably just not have a lens at that focal length except for a zoom.