Toyota Blamed For Japan's Falling GDP, Loss To China

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
toyota blamed for japan s falling gdp loss to china

Toyota is getting in big kuso (doo-doo) back home.

Up until now, the company could do no wrong. Largest company in Japan. Largest employer. Provided income to countless publishing houses that printed books about the Toyota Way.

Now, Toyota is being blamed for Japan’s falling reputation abroad, political difficulties, and just about everything including the bad weather (it snowed this morning in Tokyo,) and the falling GDP.

Yes, the falling GDP.

Toyota’s recalls could end up slicing up to 0.2 percentage points off Japan’s GDP, says a study by the Daiwa Institute of Research, that got in the hands of the Nikkei [sub].

Toyota’s problems “present a downside risk for the economy,” says the institute’s Mitsumaru Kumagai. We’ll spare you the gory details, but Daiwa sees people all over the world shunning Japanese cars and other Made in Japan products. Some 49,000 jobs could be lost as a result. Fire and brimstone will rain from Mount Fuji.

What’s with a lousy 0.2 percent, did you say? Japan’s national pride is at stake! China is breathing down Japan’s neck GDP-wise. By all accounts, from the IMF, through the World Bank to the CIA Factbook, Japan is the world’s second largest economy behind the U.S.A..

However, China looms big in Japan’s rear-view mirror, and as the inscription says, it may be closer than it appears. According to the CIA Factbook, China was only some lousy $291b behind Japan in 2009. Japan’s GDP contracted 5 percent last year, says the Economist. In 2009, China booked a GDP growth of 8.7 percent, and it is looking at more than 10 percent growth in 2010.

“In 2010, Japan may fall to number three behind China,” said Takahide Kiuchi, chief economist for Nomura Securities in Tokyo, and it doesn’t take his exalted position to come to that conclusion.

It will be a national tragedy. And who will be blamed for it? Toyota and its pedals.

Join the conversation
2 of 24 comments
  • Ernie Ernie on Feb 19, 2010

    Careful tsofting, certain people (sadly) are above criticism -- you're going to get this thread locked.

  • Accs Accs on Feb 19, 2010

    I dont think people are dumping made in Japan stuff. Look at where the largest market for Lambo Mercielagos are... Cant have them without producing the cheapest shit on the market, and making a boat load of profit. That's why.. we cant just walk away from made in japan stuff. It also wont change over night. Now.. maybe people will look at other cars as face value, rather than just shun them.

  • ToolGuy Seems pretty reasonable to me. (Sorry)
  • Luke42 When I moved from Virginia to Illinois, the lack of vehicle safety inspections was a big deal to me. I thought it would be a big change.However, nobody drives around in an unsafe car when they have the money to get their car fixed and driving safely.Also, Virginia's inspection regimine only meant that a car was safe to drive one day a year.Having lived with and without automotive safety inspections, my confusion is that they don't really matter that much.What does matter is preventing poverty in your state, and Illinois' generally pro-union political climate does more for automotive safety (by ensuring fair wages for tradespeople) than ticketing poor people for not having enough money to maintain their cars.
  • ToolGuy When you are pulled over for speeding, whether you are given a ticket or not should depend on how attractive you are.Source: My sister 😉
  • Kcflyer What Toyota needs is a true full size body on frame suv to compete with the Expedition and Suburban and their badge engineered brethren. The new sequoia and LX are too compromised in capacity by their off road capabilities that most buyers will never use.
  • ToolGuy Rock crushes scissors, scissors cut paper, paper covers rock, and drywall dents sheet metal.