Japanese automakers at risk due to rekindled tension with China

|By:, SA News Editor

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."