Japanese automakers at risk due to rekindled tension with China

A spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry keeps a hard line on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, saying Chinese leaders will not engage in dialogue with the leader and that he will not be welcome in the country anytime soon.

The defiant tone from Beijing isn't any help to Japanese automakers (NSANY, TM, HMC, MZDAY, SZKMY, FUJHY) as they hope to avert the type of backlash by consumers against their brands which was seen last year.

The danger to the group is real, according to China Car Times. "Animosity towards Japanese products has been lurking at the surface of the Chinese consumer market for some time, and usually boils over when political issues reach the headlines."

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  • 1980XLS
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    Volkswagen & GM most to benefit
    31 Dec 2013, 09:00 AM Reply Like
  • dannylee4825
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    Ford n gm should benefit the most.
    31 Dec 2013, 09:06 PM Reply Like
  • laymd
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    It is about time the Chinese people stick to a policy of 先有国后有家, or face being called a pan of loose sand. Stop buying Japanese car, camera and fancy electronics gadgets, every yuan you spent buying Japanese products will return to haunt you in the form of bullets, and shame. It is true the present Chinese government is something to be desired, but grass-root movement for boycotting Japanese goods need to be start from the individual Chinese citizen and not from what the government wants.
    31 Dec 2013, 09:16 PM Reply Like
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