I wonder if Made in Japan only implies final assembly. A lot of stuff is partially assembled in other places/countries, then flanged up in a final location and shipped. Happens with a lot of stuff that says "Made in USA".
Point well taken. That D700 arrived today, put it together and it worked right out of the box. On the bottom, it said "Made in Japan." You could be very correct. A number of manufacturers in this country have been very unscrupulous in doing what you describe. And not just in the USA. I have always been fond of Waterford Crystal and I expect that when I buy it, it will be made in Ireland. Not always so! There are other examples but no use going OT. Back to the D700. I immediately found that it had an option that it not much being talked about but that I find very helpful and that is the Info button. The use of that option really creates a large easy to read set of data that fills the LCD screen. Impressive. That is an option that would be nice on the D3. I have already made some test shots in poor lighting situations that pleased the hell out of me. The D700 has already given me a warm and fuzzy feeling that was missing from my D300 ownership. Looks like the D300 with less than 600 actuations will be available. At any rate, back to the D700.
This is getting off-topic for the poll, but the D3 and D300 have an info button (it doubles up as the Protect button) which provides a Shooting Information Display on the rear monitor; both are pretty similar to the one on the D700.
That was very interesting information. It made me go unbox that D300 to experiment with the feature. Then I boxed it back up again. It is nice to know that feature exist on the D3. Thanks for the input.