Honda was among the first Japanese automakers to begin producing cars in China and is taking precautions to lay-low during a rise in anti-Japanese sentiment in the country. A trade group representing Chinese chain stores has asked its members to stop selling Japanese beer, coffee and other products to protest new Japanese textbooks that critics say whitewash Japan's World War II atrocities. Honda reports that sales have not gone down due to the boycott, but wants to ensure their employees are safe and stay low-key during the protests.

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