Automotive News reports Japanese manufacturers are set to cut production in China by half. Toyota, Nissan and Honda have seen sales fall off by steep margins in the People's Republic after a territorial dispute between Japan and China resulted in anti-Japanese protests. Sales of Japanese goods have declined amid calls for boycotts all over China. As a result, Nissan is currently planning to halt the night shift at its two Chinese facilities. Toyota and Honda, meanwhile, will reduce production by cutting back work hours and slowing production lines. The news comes courtesy of a report in the Nikkei newspaper, but has not been confirmed by the manufacturers themselves.

There's no indication as to how long the cut in production will last.

As Automotive News points out, Japanese manufacturers were already scaling back production to meet demand before the protests broke out. The Chinese economy is currently in its slowest period of growth in the past three years. Even so, the shift away from Japanese vehicles has seen Hyundai sales jump by 15 percent last month. Likewise, Audi saw it's numbers swell by 20 percent, and BMW enjoyed a boost of 55 percent.


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      bke599
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmm... Production at all those factories that US automakers are building in China will also be at the mercy of geopolitical whims of a autocratic Chinese regime. Lesson: Be careful when dealing with China; you may get screwed big time.
      Mr.MagicXyX
      • 2 Years Ago
      Time to pull out from china move to India/Taiwan/Malaysia/Thailand.
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      China is a big country and Chinese people are generous. The islands have been in dispute for decades. It was the Japanese government trying to unilaterally buy off the islands that did it. This matter won't be resolved until the islands no longer physically exist.
        TangoR34
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Chinese people are generous? You mean people that steal north Indian land as part of their country?
        6thGear
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        If the Chinese people are generous they will let Japan have the islands ....
        Vien Huynh
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        This guy is pure propaganda... just like what the party broadcast back in the day... LOL. Please, tell me more about how generous you guys when claiming the whole sea that belongs to many south east asia countries. You make me want to puke.
        GR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        In Yang's defense: The Chinese people don't represent the Chinese Government. I like the Chinese I've met, but I despise the Chinese government. Guess what? Most Chinese in the US also hate the Chinese government! That's why they are here!!!!! People tend to be cool everywhere. It's governments that **** everything up and turns humanity against each other.
          Brian Calhoun
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GR
          So the Chinese government is responsible for all the Chinese knockoffs, bootlegs, and stolen designs?
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GR
          Well, the Chinese government doesn't seem to care to enforce patents and copyrights. You think the heads of Chinese automakers are not tied to the Communist Party? To blame the regular Chinese guy is wrong. He's more of a victim of their government than anyone else. And sure, their cars suck. I mean just look at the fact that the Chinese are buying foreign cars. You know China has a bunch of their own cars like Geely right? Even the Chinese don't really care for those.
      Toronto St. Pats
      • 2 Years Ago
      Haha Japanese are smart, they hit them where it hurts: in the pocketbook. China is unfashionably late to the nationalist awakening. My advice to China is: focus on what what you're good at (money) and don't get distracted by nationalist nonsense. It's kinda late for that. You had your chance in WW2 and did nothing so live with it.
        Famsert
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toronto St. Pats
        Japanese sales are dropping like a rock in China and... the Japanese are smart and hitting them where it hurts? Did we read different articles?
        oneviwatara
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toronto St. Pats
        Lol! The Chinese not only kicked the Japanese army out of their country but they also help the American to defeated Emperial Japan in Asia Pacific War.
          AngeloD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @oneviwatara
          After WWII, the communists under Mao slaughtered far more Chinese than the Japanese Imperial Army ever dreamed of.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        AngeloD
        • 2 Years Ago
        Quote: "What idiot would buy a Camry with poor handling" The Camry handles as well as the Jetta, and is vastly better made. What kind of idiot would buy an unreliable, craptastic VW with its typical shoddy German build quality and incompetent design? Ever wonder why VW has such a small slice of the North American market? or why German cars are typically almost always leased in the US as opposed to being purchased (hint: it's because German cars fall apart after 3 years).
        GR
        • 2 Years Ago
        Japanese are evil and nasty? Since WWII, they've got rid of a military and then brought you reliable AND affordable cars, excellent motorcycles, digital cameras, the Compact Disc, The DVD, Hello Kitty, Pokemon, Playstation, Tamagotchi, scented erasers, and a **** load more interesting, harmless stuff yet they are evil and nasty!? Give me a ******* break, Rick. Ah, the Toyota Camry. Boring? Yes. Poor handling? Compared to what? If a $60,000 BMW, then yes. To a comparably priced Hyundai, Ford, or VW? No. And the Camry is super reliable. And it lasts a long time. And its affordable to maintain, own, and repair. Hmm, I wonder why it's one of America's most popular cars... Americans want to get the best for their hard-earned money. Toyota has delivered, if not in a boring package. Lastly, why don't the Japanese buy foreign cars? Protectionism is part of it, but I suggest that anyone who wants to argue foreign cars in Japan first go visit Japan. (I've lived there so I will argue my point). First of all, Japan's gas prices are much higher than the US. Parking costs are also outrageous. Most of all, Japan is the MOST DENSELY POPULATED COUNTRY on Earth. Tokyo makes NYC look spacious. My point: Space is very very limited. Therefore, smaller and fuel efficient cars are highly sought. So let's look at what Detroit offered Japan: Hmmm, nothing good other than F150s, Silverados, and other massive vehicles. Yeah, those won't even fit in parking spaces in Japan. No **** Japs won't buy them. Second, the Japanese vehicle tax laws make Kei-Jidoushas most economical to own. These are translated to "Light Cars" or ultra compacts. These cars are cars running motorcycle-displacement engines and are designed to be as compact on the outside and spacious on the inside. Examples of these include the Suzuki Wagon R and the Daihatsu Move. Google what they look like and then tell me this: have you ever seen something like this produced in Detroit, Europe, or Korea? Koreans don't have the same costs of ownership or space issues as Japan. People who have lived there and the Korean dramas I've seen indicate that their car trends are more like the US. Therefore, they probably don't have an excellent market for producing Kei-cars like Japan. They drive in Korea what they sell here in the US. NOT THE CASE with the Japanese. Not even the Honda Civic is that popular in Japan. It's considered a "mid-size" in Japan and is bigger than Kei-cars. The European car that the Japanese dearly love is the original MINI. Yes, something that small. The Smart car failed because it simply sucks. It's just a shitty car overall and easily blown away by the Japanese domestic competition. Understand the Japanese and their needs and then you will get it. Detroit and Europe have barely ever tried making something that makes sense in Japan. Result? No **** they fail to sell well in Japan.
        imoore
        • 2 Years Ago
        "Why don't the Japanese buy any Kia or Hyundai cars?" "Why don't those evil nasty Japanese people don't buy any American or Korean cars?" Trade protectionism. Korea is the same way. Imports to both Japan and Korea are severely restricted; Korean cars in Japan are virtually nonexistent. Tata, GM and Renault were able to get around the Korean barrier by acquiring the local manufacturers. I'm waiting to see how Mahindra will do now that they own Ssangyong.
          mary.keana
          • 2 Years Ago
          @imoore
          Name and list these "so called" severly restricted trade restrictions imposted by Japan! imoore must be a UAW troll that actually believes the nonsense he spews.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @imoore
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      Gordon Chen
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Japanese should really just learn to apologize for WW2 so we can move on with life. Everyone wins even the few stubborn old men veterans. But even they might feel a sigh of relief for the things they\'ve done.
        AngeloD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        No doubt the Japanses could have done a much better job of apologizing for the WWII atrocities. That doesn't give the Communist Chinese a free pass to scare up anti-Japanese hysteria every time it suits them. And speaking of apologies, how about an apology from the Communists in Bejing over the millions they starved to death in China during the cultural revolution, or the millions they killed during the Korean war, and etc. Mao was the biggest mass murderer in human history in therms of sheer numbers.
          Famsert
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AngeloD
          Communist Chinese? There's ton of hate for Japan in S. Korea and Taiwan too? Of course the Taiwanese protests against Japan didn't make the news.
          oneviwatara
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AngeloD
          Lol! Those milliond that starved to death was the resolve of drought and bad farming. The Korean war was started because the u.s took South Korea and the Soviet Union took the North after the Emperial Japan was defeated during Asia Pacific War. By the way why the u.s took over the South Korea?
        Thang
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        talking about apologies, the entire Chinese population should apologize Vietnam for hundred times attempted to colonize Vietnam. You Chinese erased our writing system and burned our history. You see that Forbidden City in Beijing? the Vietnamese built them. Even the southern part of China belonged to Vietnam.
          Vien Huynh
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thang
          Hey dude, I am viet too, but give people false information. The chief architect of Forbidden City is a chinese, under him is Ruan An, an eunuch that originally from Vietnam, but he came to China and served the Chinese emperor, hence he is Chinese.... Southern part of China belongs to VN, hardly. Over the years, territories are fought over, lost and gain back, so your argument for this is invalid. Our writing system is from China first, then we got our own, but during the French colonial times, we adapt the French writing and used it... Thang.. go read some fking history books and educate yourself... stop embarrassing me -_-
          Vien Huynh
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thang
          Last time I checked, the land of the Cham got conquested by the Nguyen Lords... so no hard feeling when talking about territory....
          Thang
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thang
          also, if you fully rely on wikipedia for your only source, the chinese agents just made changes re Nguyen An. reach to web archive to see changes. you're not embarassing me, and you don't need to read history books because it will tell you americans came to fight communism in vietnam. or perhaps your family came from china. if you have anything to say, email me at jeezcak3@gmail.com or give me yours, i'll find you on facebook.
          Thang
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thang
          http://www.chinahistoryforum.com CHINA HISTORY FORUM. Are you dating a chinese or you family were originated from china? i don\'t know what kind of mentality that you have -- \"I bet if Vietnam was stronger and a bigger country, VN would attack China too.\" the last time you check were also wrong -- Champa invaded vietnam first and i dont need to waste time finding sources for you. its not like we going to ****. again, i am be neutral here because i am an american. also, during china colonization, the were many strong rebels like the sisters so they decided to rewrite history, enforce chinese charaters, apply a bunch of culture and traditions and you would not know which countries influenced which. you can believe in whatever you want, but my intention is to be neutral and i don\'t need to be bias because i am a vietnamese american. i would contact because i dont go here, especially reading comments. and i dont hide behind the computer and make bias comments. this stops our discussion here.
          Famsert
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thang
          LOL^^ I don't even...
          Thang
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thang
          http://www.chinahistoryforum.com CHINA HISTORY FORUM. Are you dating a chinese or you family were originated from china? i don't know what kind of mentality that you have -- "I bet if Vietnam was stronger and a bigger country, VN would attack China too." the last time you check were also wrong -- Champa invaded vietnam first and i dont need to waste time finding sources for you. its not like we going to ****. again, i am be neutral here because i am an american. also, during china colonization, the were many strong rebels like the sisters so they decided to rewrite history, enforce chinese charaters, apply a bunch of culture and traditions and you would not know which countries influenced which. you can believe in whatever you want, but my intention is to be neutral and i don't need to be bias because i am a vietnamese american. i would contact because i dont go here, especially reading comments. and i dont hide behind the computer and make bias comments. this stops our discussion here.
          Thang
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thang
          http://www.chinahistoryforum.com CHINA HISTORY FORUM. Are you dating a chinese or you family were originated from china? i don't know what kind of mentality that you have -- "I bet if Vietnam was stronger and a bigger country, VN would attack China too." the last time you check were also wrong -- Champa invaded vietnam first and i dont need to waste time finding sources for you. its not like we going to ****. again, i am be neutral here because i am an american. also, during china colonization, the were many strong rebels like the sisters so they decided to rewrite history, enforce chinese charaters, apply a bunch of culture and traditions and you would not know which countries influenced which. you can believe in whatever you want, but my intention is to be neutral and i don't need to be bias because i am a vietnamese american. i would contact because i dont go here, especially reading comments. and i dont hide behind the computer and make bias comments. this stops our discussion here.
          Thang
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thang
          Vien Huynh, I don't give people false info. You probably got mixed up with the chinese side of their history telling. perhaps you need to do more research on where you came from. Nguyen An was the lead architect. also, before vietnam was enforced to use chinese characters, vietnam had her own writing system. what else do you intend to say? chinese fishermen have been in paracel islands since 7th century?
          Thang
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thang
          either way, you're not embarrassing me and i don't need to tell you fully rely on text books or wikipedia because they would tell you that americans came to stop the spread of communism and vietnam borrowed chinese characters. they would also tell you that chinese fishermen have been in paracel and spratly islands since 7th century. well, nguyen an's profile on wikipedia just got modified by the chinese again. if you don't believe me, try to find web archive and trace previous revise IP addresses. believe me, reading your argument, i can tell you haven't studied enough. and i am not insulting you or calling you stupid or saying hey go marry a chinese stupid bitxh. if you have something else to say, email me at jeezcak3@gmail.com and i'll reach out to your facebook.
          Vien Huynh
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thang
          More infor for you: http://www.chinahistoryforum.com/index.php?/topic/9302-vietnamese-architect-in-beijings-forbidden-city/ Read that page, he one of the architect, not he built it. Two different thing, entirely different. There is no question in his talent, but you cant just say a Vietnamese built it.
          Thang
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thang
          http://www.chinahistoryforum.com CHINA HISTORY FORUM. Are you dating a chinese or you family were originated from china? i don't know what kind of mentality that you have -- "I bet if Vietnam was stronger and a bigger country, VN would attack China too." the last time you check were also wrong -- Champa invaded vietnam first and i dont need to waste time finding sources for you. its not like we going to ****. again, i am be neutral here because i am an american. also, during china colonization, the were many strong rebels like the sisters so they decided to rewrite history, enforce chinese charaters, apply a bunch of culture and traditions and you would not know which countries influenced which. you can believe in whatever you want, but my intention is to be neutral and i don't need to be bias because i am a vietnamese american. i would contact because i dont go here, especially reading comments. and i dont hide behind the computer and make bias comments. this stops our discussion here.
          Vien Huynh
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thang
          Here evidence about writing: http://www.omniglot.com/writing/vietnamese.htm Read that... wiki aint the only sources lmao. It Chinese like... countries in the area greatly influenced by the Chinese. Want me to say more? We all essentially the same, just governed by different governments and separated by a border line... And America jumped in to stop communism or not, I wont talk about it, but with all due respect to the people had died in the war... I just call that war not worth it and unjudge...
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      How much American car parts are made in China, they got the world by the balls in supplies now and that is dangerous.
        Dyson Lu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KAG
        Now yes. But don't play hardball too much because there are plenty of nations waiting to take China's place, or at least a slice of its pie.
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      American automakers need to watch out in China too now that the US wants to supply ballistic missile defense to Japan. GM was only up 1.7% in China last month, far short of the growth of the Chinese auto market.
        AngeloD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        The minute that the communist thugs in Bejing try to scare up anti-American sentiment as they have against Japan, the President should invite BOTH the Dali Lama and the President of Taiwan over for a photo op. But, we're talking about Obama here, whose fundraising chairman (the one who owns Obama.com) is a resident of Bejing. Wonder where all those untraceable pre-paid credit card donations to the Obama campaign are coming from?
          AngeloD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AngeloD
          LOL, did you know that many credible historians estimate that the communists under Mao starved to death or executed as many as 300 million Chinese people and list him as the greatest mass murderer in history? LOL, these are the same communists who run China even today. It's so funny isn't it.
          oneviwatara
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AngeloD
          lol! Did you know under the Emperial Japan they have killed at least 30 millions Chinese,Korean,Chinese Hong Kong,Taiwanese,Vietnamese,Filipino,Laotion,Thai,Cambodian,Burmese and some American?
      Jae
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now is a good time for the Japanese to increase North American production! It would be great to see some of the Caribbean countries get local production to drive down the cost and uplift the economies in those regions.
        Pandabear
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jae
        It is reducing production because of reduced demand, so there is no reason to increase production anywhere.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      This will be interesting to watch. If they have to keep production down for a long period of time this will hurt (financially) more than the earthquake
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Perfect, if that means Toyota would lower the prices in US to unload their inventory.
      Vien Huynh
      • 2 Years Ago
      We need edit button
        Thang
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vien Huynh
        http://www.chinahistoryforum.com CHINA HISTORY FORUM. Are you dating a chinese or you family were originated from china? i don't know what kind of mentality that you have -- "I bet if Vietnam was stronger and a bigger country, VN would attack China too." the last time you check were also wrong -- Champa invaded vietnam first and i dont need to waste time finding sources for you. its not like we going to ****. again, i am be neutral here because i am an american. also, during china colonization, the were many strong rebels like the sisters so they decided to rewrite history, enforce chinese charaters, apply a bunch of culture and traditions and you would not know which countries influenced which. you can believe in whatever you want, but my intention is to be neutral and i don't need to be bias because i am a vietnamese american. i would contact because i dont go here, especially reading comments. and i dont hide behind the computer and make bias comments. this stops our discussion here.
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