Reuters is reporting That Honda, Mazda and Nissan have been forced to stop production in China after a series of anti-Japan protests erupted over a territorial dispute between the two countries. The stoppage will see a total of four Honda plants go dark for two days, thanks in part to the fact that local dealers have been under attack and can't receive shipments. Mazda, meanwhile, plans to close its facility in Nanjing for a total of four days, starting on Tuesday. The report sites Luo Lei, the deputy secretary general of the China Automobile Dealers Association, as saying many dealerships have shut down after a few were vandalized. One dealership saw a Honda Civic set on fire in Shanghai.

Lei also said buyers are boycotting Japanese goods, especially cars, over safety concerns.

Honda and Mazda aren't alone, either. Toyota and Panasonic both reported fire damage at their facilities, and one Toyota dealership was set ablaze as well. Protesters overturned cars and smashed windshields in some cities as well, as the September 18 anniversary of the Manchurian Incident approaches. The date marks the anniversary of Japan's invasion into northeastern China in 1931.


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      xspeedy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Boycotting Japanese cars over safety concerns? Obviously China is blocking certain YouTube content showing various Chinese cars collapsing like paper when presented with a barrier.
        KAG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @xspeedy
        They control what the people read and see, so they think there own stuff is the best, but the rest of the world knows the horrors China does to its own people
          treeinsc
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KAG
          It's funny. People like you should go there to realize much of your knowledge about China is basically propaganda. It's also shock to know there's people in the states think the government here is not controlling the information people consume.
        Duk3ofN3rd5
        • 2 Years Ago
        @xspeedy
        Actually, Youtube is not accessible without VPN and FreeGate inside China, for that, 3 out of the top 5 websites in the world are not accessible inside China: 1. Google, 2 Youtube, 3 Facebook, 5. Wikipedia
      Randy915
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's pretty sad reading comments from people who clearly think they know what's really going on inside China.
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      looks like every country has its barbarians
      Famsert
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank god the author didn't clarify the remark over boycotting Japanese goods because of safety otherwise we wouldn't have so many snarky comments about Chinese-made products. They are doing so because some workers are sabatoging Japanese products in Chinese factories. This means your next car, camera, computer, etc could have huge problems because some Chinese worker left a few screws off on purpose.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Famsert
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      imoore
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Lei also said buyers are boycotting Japanese goods, especially cars, over safety concerns." I suppose that Brilliance BS6 shown above is supposed to be a symbol of safe Chinese vehicles. LOL!!!
      Cam
      • 2 Years Ago
      LoL The message is printed on a Brilliance BS4. Now, THAT'S a piece of ****.
      Rvinyl.com Inc
      • 2 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, things may only get worse in China because the government seems to be losing its steel grip on the populace.
        rlog100
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rvinyl.com Inc
        Like the government had no power or influence over these events? Pfff.. They've taken a PR que from the ME where 'radical' groups can do anything they want to US citizens and the US government won't hold their governments accountable.
        Yang Xi Gua
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rvinyl.com Inc
        The Chinese government is doing a better job than the US government. I wouldn't want to live in the US where median household income has fallen to barely 50 grand annually because the US government caters to the rich elite who gets richer and richer over time and where the middle class can barely eek out a living in the midst of insane inflation year on year.
          Klinkster
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Yang Xi Gua
          Here's a first-hand description of China. Polluted cities, polluted water supply. Citizen's spitting all over the place inside or outside because the phlegm is so thick they can't get rid of it. Diesel cars mulling around everywhere honking their horns and running people down. God help you if you're a poor little pedestrian. Slums hidden by pretty little barricade wall facades. Vendors meat left out in the heat for flies to lay their eggs on. Did I mention the pollution? The positive? All the old people actually leave their home on their own 2 feet and do exercises in the park daily at unGodly hours of the morning. And if you do manufacturing jobs, you get to retire early (believe it was 55 for men and 45 for women) and thus can do domestic bus tours like any other global traveller. But with so may old Chinese people in the park each day, there's barely room for you to do anything more than a jumping jack. If you work, you're paid by the Government for your job where the salary is set by the government - and frankly it's not an impressive salary. And seriously...who the hell do the Chinese authorities think they are for demanding an 80,000 Yuan bond per person to leave the country for vacation! China...leading the world to another Love Canal disaster... Wonder how many 3-eyed-8-fingered-humpback babies are born in China...?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Yang Xi Gua
          [blocked]
        jdeli01
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rvinyl.com Inc
        Actually things like this arouse national pride which is beneficial for the government. People tend to more support of the government in times of conflict.
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 2 Years Ago
      That Japanese sentence printed on the taxi's window just doesn't make sense. Sure they're fully aware of what they are doing.
      RCBR
      • 2 Years Ago
      They're boycotting Japanese cars over safety concerns? Well, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7fpmvWBZw8
      Willie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn, **** just got real over there.
      Rita Soetanto
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sad, really...
      BLSully
      • 2 Years Ago
      CHINA is boycotting JAPANESE products over SAFETY concerns? In Soviet Russia....
        the.ting
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BLSully
        It has nothing to do with safety concerns. It has everything to do with politics and the emotions of the mob being stirred over nationalistic notions. Yah the guy added safety concerns as a side note, but when was the last time a politician spoke the full truth??
          BLSully
          • 2 Years Ago
          @the.ting
          OK, that makes more sense. I should have read between the lines, but the verbiage is very misleading...
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