is reporting That Honda
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
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.