The unrest in China may have positive consequences for automakers like Volkswagen and General Motors, according to Automotive News. As protesters continue their streak of violence, many owners of Japanese vehicles are leaving them home for fear of damage. Protesters have vandalized Japanese businesses and those that sell Japanese goods, including car dealerships, as well personal property. Reports indicate some owners are swapping their Toyota badges for those of Chinese automaker BYD in hopes of fooling vandalism-minded mobs.

Nissan, Toyota and Honda have all reported attacks on their dealerships, and China's Passenger Car Association has predicted Japanese automakers may lose their market lead to those based in the U.S. and Germany. General Motors sold a total of 1.84 million vehicles in China under a total of three brand names, while Volkswagen moved 1.49 million units this year. By comparison, Nissan has sold just 485,000 vehicles.

The protests mark the 81st anniversary of the Manchurian Incident, which saw Japanese forces invade China.


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      jbm0866
      • 2 Years Ago
      This whole thing is almost as ignorant and stupid as the Muslim thing over a sub-B grade movie. Almost..
      navypond
      • 2 Years Ago
      @ Go Ford Mustang below... You wrote: "Did your chinese handlers at the un not give you anymore propoganda to use?" My question to you is: Does the EU Parliament, United States Gov., Australian Gov., & etc.( which I also mentioned) also have "Chinese Handlers"??? LOL. Try coming up with something that actually makes sense next time. What a sad joke....
      GR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully the tensions will die down soon. Despite the tension, trade between the nations benefits both sides. I am sure the trade benefit far exceeds whatever monetary worth the islands may be from oil and fishing. After all, the oil reserves are based on speculation from a survey done in the 1960's. Who knows how valid they were. As for fishing, I am sure there is more for Japan and China to fish at. Japan's an island nation and China has has a huge coast line. This is more of a pissing match between two prideful nations about islands that are pretty much worthless compared to the value of their trade. Only the nationalist, right-wingers in their respective countries seem to care. It's evident with all the Mao signs in China and seriously, no one gives a **** in Japan unless they are right-wing (a tiny minority). As for the anit-Japanese sentiment here, it's understandable regarding Japan's position on it's aggression in Asia during WWII, but things have started to change. More and more, Japan has started to address the atrocities. For example, last time I was in Japan, I recall watching a documentary on a Japanese soldier's memoirs during the invasion of China in WWII. The memoirs discussed the brutality of the Japanese soldiers to the Chinese citizens. Interestingly, this documentary was broadcasted on NHK which is Japan's national, government-run channel. Also, Japan has co-developed dramas with Korea like "26 Years' Diary" which addressed Korea-Japan tensions and history in part of its plot. They even discussed the slavery of Koreans under Japan and the poor treatment of Korean-Japanese in Japan. Basically, things are changing in Japan, but it appears that some other Asians are not taking notice. Maybe too little too late? Or maybe they don't pay attention. I know that Koreans and Chinese get pissed off when some Japanese politician visits the "War Shrine" in Japan. Yasukuni Jinja is the shrine that honors some war criminals according to them. I just want to point out that there may be war criminals there, but it is also the Japanese equivalent to US's Arlington Cemetery. Numerous historical leaders and samurai are buried there with a history that goes beyond WWII. It honors Japan's fallen soldiers much like Arlington Cemetery. It would be like asking the US president to never step into Arlington Cemetery because some war criminals are buried there. Lastly, it's not like the Chinese are taking to anti-Japanese sentiment peacefully. They are looting and vandalizing. That banner at the Audi dealer and many signs the protesters hold calls for aggressive violence against the Japanese. That does not make them any better than the Japanese during WWII if they seek violence in their hatred. It's like they bow down to the same level. The Japanese in China are really scared of being hurt or even killed for things they personally don't even support. Sure VW and GM may do better, but last time I was in China, VWs and GMs outnumbered Japanese cars.
        navypond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GR
        Funny how you compare Arlington Cemetary with the Yasukuni Shrine. Maybe you should ask yourself why the the Germans, unlike the Japanese, NEVER made a shrine for Nazi Soldiers & Hitler, or interred their nazi soldier & leaders in their existing National Cemetary & NEVER had their German Prime Ministers pay respects to them repeatedly over the past decades. Clearly you never had the time or willingness to wonder why there is this vast difference in behaviour between Japan & Germany despite the fact that the two countries were allies in War & Japan even killed more people than the Germans did. Just shows the whole faulty premise from which you make all of your amusing & irresponsible statements. Typical deceitful Japanese propaganda heard many times before. If you have a problem with what I said or do not understand, then please complain directly to the European Parliament, the United Nations, & other governments around the world including the United States, Australia, Netherlands, etc. that have all passed resolutions/warning against Japan in recent years for Japan's systematic whitewashing of history & cover up of their war crimes. Obviously, these democratic organizations/governments for humanity & future peace do not agree with your amusing & nonsensical deceitful jokes which tries to paint a false picture that Japan is doing nothing really wrong & it is only the other countries that are acting strange despite Japan's efforts. Amusing dishonesty.
      breakfastburrito
      • 2 Years Ago
      Humans have war in our blood. If there's absolutely nothing worth fighting for, we'll find some stupid reason to fight. Hey everybody! I claim Neptune's 2nd moon! Who wants a piece of me!?
      Ricky
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nuke 'em
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think Geely would stand to gain the most. Not only Japanese automakers would be under attack, all foreign automakers would and that includes Americans and Germans.
      richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let`s do the same in America, and kick those Asian cars back to Japan and Korea. We need the money here.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @richard
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          SatinSheetMetal
          • 2 Years Ago
          Cadillac's not doing too bad either. Personally I would love to see Chrysler slot something above the 300, and if they can fix the 200 they have a huge market potential there with how few convertibles there are to compete with it. Lincoln, god knows...
      hchevy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wish there was a protest here. USA has MUCH more to complain about with Japan sending all ther crap over here.
      Frank S. Pedigo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Funny how we think of the Chinese workers as stupid . We would just bow down and kiss butt . Americans dont have the pride in thier own country to say no to imports .
        hchevy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Frank S. Pedigo
        I don't believe most people think the Chinese workers (or the Japanese workers for that matter) are stupid, we just need to fix a terrible trade imbalance. I think America could certainly work with China on an even basis with the right trade aggreements in place but that can't happen with the so many greedy people making millions on imports. We will never be able to work with Japan as the last 50 years have proven.
      navypond
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, this anger by the Chinese was expected & understandable since Japan & Japanese people has continued to lie about their WW2 crimes against humanity of killing more than 20 to 30 million people all over Asia in their invasions, & even today continue to teach false history to their children in schools, teaching them that they were the liberators & victims of WW2 & not the aggressors, & continues to whitewash their crimes from their history books so that the dirty crimes against humanity committed by their Emperor & the Royal Family would not be known. Imagine how all the countries in Europe would react to Germany if the Germans of today also continued to whitewash their history books like the Japanese, & taught false history in schools telling their pupils that Germany was the liberator & victim of WW2, ...& if Hitler was not punished just like the Japanese Emperor & the rest of the Japanese Royal Family escaped punishment? Thus, it is no wonder that the United Nations already passed resolutions since 2007 against Japan warning the Japanese to stop their denial of war crimes & systematic whitewashing of history. Not surprised at all by this uproar by the Chinese sparked by the 'territory issue' & 'anniversary' of Manchruian incident. All of Asia feels the same way about Japan. Underneath a smiling & gentle fake facade Japan is a criminal country that still refuses to admit its crimes against humanity & continues to lie & totally disrespect its neighbors. Imagine if present day Germany acted the same way toward other European countries just as Japan is doing today to its neighboring countries in Asia?....if this is the case then I am sure there would still be no peace in Europe today. But thank god this is not the case in Europe due to the honesty of the Germans... The cowardly Japanese who have only shown disrespect & continues to lie to its neighbors only have themselves to blame.
        Gavin Courntey
        • 2 Years Ago
        @navypond
        Yes, because the Chinese never whitewash history do they? They fully acknowledge how Chairman Mao's Great Leap Forward lead to the death of 45million Chinese through starvation and caused the economic collapse of the country. Chairman Mao and his Communist Party have more harm to China than the Japanese ever did yet he's worshiped as a god. China rewrites the truth to whatever it finish most convenient. As for the Chinese holding a grudge against Japan, it seems largely driven by state propaganda. Many Chinese have been brainwashed into hating the English for the Opium Wars even though they were over 150 years ago. It leaves them looking a bit insane. Speaking of China, have they ever actually won any wars? They've been invaded by everyone - the English, the Japanese, the Mongols. No wonder they focus so much on the three kingdoms period. They can only win when they're fighting themselves and lose to everyone else.
          navypond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gavin Courntey
          If you have a problem, then please complain directly to the European Parliament, the United Nations, & other governments around the world including the United States, Australia, Netherlands, etc. who have all passed resolutions & warning against Japan in recent years for their systematic whitewashing of history & cover up of war crimes. Obviously, these democratic organizations/governments for humanity & future peace does not agree with your amusing irrelevant nonsense. .......LOL
          navypond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gavin Courntey
          If you have a problem, then please complain directly to the European Parliament, the United Nations, & other governments around the world including the United States, Australia, Netherlands, etc. who have all passed resolutions & warning against Japan in recent years for their systematic whitewashing of history & cover up of war crimes. Obviously, these democratic organizations/governments for humanity & future peace does not agree with your amusing irrelevant nonsense. .......LOL
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gavin Courntey
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        @navypond
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          navypond
          • 2 Years Ago
          Yes, the United Nations must also be working for the Chinese Government then....LOL
      Charles2337
      • 2 Years Ago
      These people are ******* morons honestly. The Manchurian incident happened so long ago, Japan is a different nation now. We don't see Germans as Nazi's anymore. I'm Korean and we are known to jump on the Japan hating bandwagon too, it's mostly the older generation though. We are the ******* same people, forgive and forget. Japan gave a lot to the world in terms of technology and now they need our help. All this violence and hate will only halt progress. Imagine if Korea, Japan, and China truly united as one, they will be able to achieve so much.
        Al Terego
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Charles2337
        The morons are protesting a country that provides them nearly all of the material and data that they need to make their crappy pirated goods. Talk about biting the hand that feeds. And on top of that, their government is committing human-rights atrocities towards them to this day but none of them seem to mind. These people are lowly educated(the system exists to turn out mass-production, assembly mules and nothing is taught to them to provide a world view which would open their eyes a little since it's suppressed by the government) and easily manipulated. China is a long ways away from even considering Korea and Japan as a peer and uniting the three would be disastrous for the former two. They will cannibalize anything useful and spit it back out in the form of cheap counterfeits. As a person of Chinese descent but born and raised in North America, I'm ashamed to be associated with these societal Neanderthals. They will never understand the modern world until they learn to open up their minds and leave the third-world attitude behind.
      joejoegolfn
      • 2 Years Ago
      The chinese are doing the same thing the us is doing. Their economy is starting to collapse and they are diverting their people's attention away from their failed policies by stirring the people up against Japan for trying to buy so stupid Islands no one lives on. The best way to take people's minds off of how bad things are is start war.
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