Current relations between Japan and China could be described with a number of different words, none of which have particularly good connotations – terse, hostile, threatening and tense would all fit the bill. The reasoning for the general sense of dislike between the two nations isn't really for these pages (look up the Senkaku Islands or Japan's rule of China in World War II if you want a primer), but its effect on their respective populace and their car-buying habits is right in our wheelhouse.

This news of a Chinese teen running away from home because her parents were planning to buy a Honda is one of a number of auto-related examples of how tense Sino-Japanese relations are. The 14-year-old girl felt that her parents' purchase of a Japanese car would be "helping the enemy with money from our own pockets," according to a recent story posted on the website RocketNews24. The girl left for three days until her parents finally relented and agreed not to buy the car.

According to the RocketNews24, Chinese commenters are supportive of the girl's nationalism, with some continuing to support a boycott of Japanese products in the world's most heavily populated country.


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      Willy
      • 1 Year Ago
      "A man (or woman) in China...." story? Probs should take it w a grain of salt.
      Mahendra
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yahoo loves hate mongering
      fortune teller
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why do people drill on the past generations and blame the current one for the past problems. No one can control what happened 50 years ago. But today's Japan is a responsible country and have contributed lots to the modern world. I can't really say the same about China in current time. Also Japanese cars are the best.
      lazybeans
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't care where things are made in. I search for good products. IF all we ever did was buy American cars they'd remain the same crummy cars they made in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. You buy the better made product and it forces everyone else to up their game.
      merlot066
      • 1 Year Ago
      God forbid Americans have an ounce of a patriotism or hold a protectionist attitude. Meanwhile in the rest of the world... And to throw out the actual facts and statistics. The Big 3 still employ nearly 3 times as many Americans as all the Japanese brands combined. Almost all of the models Ford, Chrysler, and GM assemble outside of the United States are assembled in Canada or Mexico, countries with whom we have free trade agreements with, and who purchase a fair amount of vehicles and other American-made products in return. Americans buy the Edge from Canada, Canada buys the Taurus, Focus, Explorer, etc. from America. Not to mention, the only model Ford currently builds entirely in Mexico is the Fiesta. Where is the competition built? The Yaris is built in France, the Fit is built in Japan, Versa in Japan, and the Accent/Rio is built in South Korea. You can try and blame the American brands for not building kei cars and 600cc engines in Japan, but they absolutely have the capacity and ability to build small cars with small engines (Ford isn't far off with the KA in Europe). It has been concluded time and time again that even if they made a best-in-class product that appeals to everybody, the sales wouldn't justify the development costs because of the protectionist attitudes of the Japanese. It is stupid to not buy a Honda or Toyota because of WWII, and the mindset of the Chinese and Japanese is downright dangerous (how is the United States going to stop China from starting a war if they want given how China currently owns all of our debt). However, it isn't so unreasonable to give some extra consideration to Ford, GM, and Chrysler when you're looking for a car. Geez.
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @merlot066
        Your argument is flawed somewhat. Should anyone be surprised that the Big 3 employ more Americans than the Japanese brands put together? The Big 3 are from America after all... and you know that Japan is a different country, right? Of course some of the cars would have to be built there (pretty much the very best of the Japanese cars). After all, the Japanese need jobs too and they also build for their home market, the JDM. Also, the Japanese sell to all over the world. The US is just one market that some brands don't even value too much (Suzuki is a good example as they make a killing in Asia, specializing in subcompacts). Since the US is a huge market, especially for US brands, domestic brands should focus on US manufacturing. It's a given and really not something to be all patriotic about and compare to the Japanese or any other foreign brand. It's kind of like a no $hit sort of thing. Also, Japan isn't this protectionist nation like you think it is. I go there all the time. They love foreign brands. Japan is the world's #2 consumer of Apple computer products. I have also seen more iconic American brand items such as Zippo lighters used by the Japanese than Americans. They also gobble up European fashion items like an entire nation of brand wh0res. Protectionist my a$$. The main reason why the Japanese don't buy many imported cars is because of the tax system applied to vehicles based on size class. The cheapest type of cars in Japan are kei-cars and no one other than the Japanese build them. It's not only 660cc max engines. They need to meet certain weight, width, length, etc. specs. They are very specific to the JDM and "failed" brands like Daihatsu and Suzuki are the sales masters of those cars in Japan because they focus on them. They are very successful in Japan. Until recently, the gov't offered a tax break on hybrids. Guess which nation invented the hybrid? (the marketable one, not some 1 model prototype that isn't significant, for all those going to claim that Porsche.) Japan simply makes the best cars for their own market and the rest of the world does not even try to compete. Also, if you think they are so protectionist, then how did Apple do SO WELL there and put Sony and Panasonic in huge risk even in their own turf? Back to cars: the reason I like domestic cars now is because they finally tried hard and made competitive, quality products. People are noticing this and getting back to buying domestics. It's not because of pride, but they finally are building things actually worth spending your hard-earned money on and not being a dissapointment.
      ocnblu
      • 1 Year Ago
      You know what... good for her. If only American yutes were thinking so clearly. They can learn something if they follow her lead. Love and pride in country.
        IBx27
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ocnblu
        Right...if it weren't for the Covic and Corolla, we'd all be driving Pintos and Celebrities if we wanted an 'economical' model.
        danfred411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ocnblu
        like that
      danfred411
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's the kind of stupidity I would otherwise only expect from americans..
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @danfred411
        Yes, and I know Jews who won't buy German but will buy Japanese...go figure. My uncle was a medic in Battle of the Bulge..wouldn't buy German orJap.
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      I going to follow her example and not buy a Chinese car.
        RedEmblem
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike
        I'd run away from my home and become homeless if my parents decided to buy a Chinese car. I'd probably have a better chance of staying alive than being carried around in those deathtraps.
      Willy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Again, you people realize this story probably isn't true, right? Although fascinating on how everyone is an expert on Sino-US and pan-Asia relations.
        reattadudes
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Willy
        you're obviously not aware of the anger the Chinese still hold toward the Japanese; this is no secret. ...and sales of Japanese automobiles in China is down over 30% in the past five years. American and European brands are much preferred over ones from Japan.
          Willy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @reattadudes
          Uh... I'm Chinese-American. And yes I do know, aware, and read many books articles, papers on current and past events of China. Relations w here and other countries. But if you read other comments here, you'll see people ranting and spewing out random stereotypical facts. Sometimes racists. On a fictional story.
      jz78817
      • 1 Year Ago
      amusing when teenagers act like their opinions matter.
      Donconfucian
      • 1 Year Ago
      The news had been proved fake one year ago now has been posted in the autoblog . What a funny nation american is
      Spies1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Poor girls efforts were in vain. Honda up last month Honda Elysion up 159% Honda Odyssey up 67% Honda Fit up 10% Honda Crosstour up 30% Honda Jade NEW - big sales Honda Civic up 41% Honda City up 43% Honda Accord up 72% Honda Crider new selling like crazy Honda CR-V up 54%
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