By on July 2, 2013

Japanese carmakers are not out of the woods yet in China, and might be in the thick of things again if matters flare up. The other day, 30 right wing Japanese activists had to be kept away by Japanese Coast Guard, while the US and Japan held war games in preparations for a possible Chinese invasion of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

  • Toyota said sold 76,900 vehicles last month in China, up 9 percent.
  • Nissan’s China sales dropped 7.7 percent in June to 101,400 units.
  • Honda’s sales slid 5.6 percent to 61,003 units.

According to The Nikkei [sub], Japanese auto makers held a 14.5% share in the January-May period,, down from 16.4 percent share in 2012 and 19.4 percent in 2011.

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9 Comments on “Island Issue Still Keeping Japan’s China Sales In Check...”


  • avatar
    Summicron

    “a possible Chinese invasion of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.”

    Anyone think that’s really conceivable?

    • 0 avatar
      wsn

      Never over under estimate the stupidity of some politicians :)

      The worst thing is not that you can’t beat your enemy. It’s not knowing so. Which happened between China (Qing dynasty back then) and Japan 130 years ago. With all the free Google, I hope the current regime should know better.

      • 0 avatar
        schmitt trigger

        Google in China has censored all references to that war, along references of Tibet and the Dalai Lama.

        Now seriously, the last thing the world needs is a war between the 2nd and 3rd largest economies, with the 1st one caught in the middle.

        Total economic caos would ensue.

    • 0 avatar
      jpolicke

      More to the point, does anyone think the US would go to war with China over some allegedly Japanese rocks in the Pacific?

      Or were we just playing the Opfor in a scenario to give the Japanese something to practice against?

      • 0 avatar
        05lgt

        Yes, someone thinks so. Not in the officially declared by congress way that doesn’t happen any more, just in the killing, destroying, denying access and controlling air, sea, and land sort of way.

        • 0 avatar
          Summicron

          So, who’s the aggressor in your scenario?
          I’m assuming China as I can’t see Japan sustaining a military effort with herbivore men and hentai boys.

  • avatar
    daiheadjai

    Wasn’t aware you could invade your own territory.
    How does that work?

  • avatar
    ccode81

    As a nation experienced economy fever based on real estate bubble, Japanese do not believe the current China growth continues in sustainable trend regardless what pro China Nikkei writes, It is where land supply is virtually unlimited.
    As a neighbor nation, we hear much more than westerns about how the liquidity is drying up there with problem of shadow banking.Shanghai interbank rate is surging as evidence.
    Todays China got huge gap between rich and poor that they need another communist revolution to redistribute the wealth. the real consumers, the Middle class population is still smaller than most developed countries.
    I think it might be safe to stay away or be less dependent from China for a while. Senkaku to be a good excuse to shut up the share holders who demands expansion in China. It is a very difficult place to exit, once involved.


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