I also had one of these (lefty, of course) and it was well made. Did really care for the basswood body, either and changed out the pickups for DiMarzio rail Strat sized humbuckers. Never quite bonded it but wish I had never sold it. Loved the neck and the scale length.The couple that I've actually had in my hands were alright.... nothing to get too excited about though imo. This was back in the USA Standard time and I didn't think they were as solid as those. No idea on the model specifics of them though.
The only Japanese Fender I've actually owned was a '69 Mustang RI. It was well made and the hardware was quality, basswood and very thick finish that chipped though.