Japanese Carmakers Close Doors In China On Invasion-Day

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
japanese carmakers close doors in china on invasion day

  • Toyota suspended some of its car production operations in China. Toyota spokesman Hitoshi Yokoyama said in a text message sent to Reuters that Toyota decided to halt manufacturing and other operations, to “ensure employee safety.”
  • Suzuki said it is suspending operations at one of its motorcycle plants in China. Operations at the plant in Jinan, Shandong province, will be halted on Tuesday, Suzuki spokesman Ei Mochizuki told Reuters.
  • Mitsubishi Motors said it will halt operations at one of its factories in China, Reuters says. Yamaha Motor Co also said that it will suspend operations at four plants in China on Tuesday.
  • Meanwhile, Mazda said it will resume production at its Nanjing factory in China, earlier than initially planned, a spokesman told Reuters today.
  • Nissan told Reuters it will resume production tomorrow, Wednesday.
  • More plant closures After having run appeals that “irrational, violent anti-Japanese protests should be avoided,” Government-controlled media rarely report about demonstrations anymore, and “sensitive” search words have been purged from the Weibo microblog platform.

    Also according to Reuters, there is a risk the protests ”could get out of hand and backfire on Beijing, which has implied tacit approval to them through state media. One Hong Kong newspaper said some protesters in southern Shenzhen had been detained for calling for democracy and human rights.”

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    • Pch101 Pch101 on Sep 18, 2012

      This is a trial balloon for the Chinese to take Taiwan. We can all be proud when that happens. After all, our Walmart and auto parts shopping will have bankrolled it.

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      • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Sep 18, 2012

        @onyxtape End-all geopolitical conflict is a possible option, one given the quiet Pacific buildup which could be in the cards. Personally at this juncture I have little faith in the Boomer generation to prosecute a successful war, but that doesn't mean they won't try.

    • Johnny ro Johnny ro on Sep 18, 2012

      Not much about cars here. I see Japan invaded Manchuria on Sept 19, 1931. Its hard to say that was a pre-war invasion. You must mean, pre-WWII. I can say, WWII did not start on Dec 7, 1941 as most Americans may think. Maybe it became WWII when Britain and France declared war in 1939. That was long after the shooting started. The last quote I saw for Chinese dead was 30 million. Up there with the Russians. I suspect the island dispute is about resource reserves. Hydrocarbons in those waters.

    • Vap65689119 Nice car, I think I'd rather have an SC430
    • Theflyersfan They might not be convertible friendly, but if they work on getting the last of the winter crud off of the car during the first spring wash, it's worth its weight in gold. So many of the self-serve car washes seem to have some kind of mechanical problem with one of the nozzles, or out of some chemicals - want to do that at home.
    • Bill Wade It's worked perfectly for me. Google maps is quite good and music streaming is flawless.
    • TheEndlessEnigma How much is TTAC getting from the Amazon referral links? Once again, nice ads camouflaged as an article.
    • Prabirmehta Great review! Brought back memories of my 2005 Z4 - loved it! I recently drove the 2023 Z4 and it felt similar in many ways to my 2005 (despite the much nicer and updated interior). Now your review has me rethinking whether to buy another one? :)