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Japan Car Production Slashed in China

The production is going down in China falling to 40%. The staff has suspended night shifts. The bonus is for other car makers who are seeing their sales go up! Hurray for them and it does show that car sales continue in one of the largest car markets, but just not for Japanese ones. Yes, the territory dispute continues… “South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co’s China sales climbed 15 percent to 84,188 vehicles last month, while Volkswagen’s Audi boosted sales by 20 percent, BMW by 55 percent and Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz by 10 percent.” (Businessinsider – Japanese Cars in China)

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“I’m Korean” in China

Years ago when I visited China, I was told to say I’m Chinese American who can’t speak a word of Chinese. I became Eric Chang, King of Lacrosse and Dodgeball. The guy who scored 800 in English on the SAT but scored a paltry 550 in math. The opposite of Asian was important to keep my disguise strong. I purposely spoke English loudly. Yes, I was having fun with it. Now, it’s a matter of survival. In this example, a Japanese sushi shop owner in China is transforming his shop to become a Korean owned sushi shop. It might stop the onslaught of rocks being thrown at his business. (Koreatimes – Korean in China)

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Haruki Murakami and Shunji Iwai Weigh in on the Territory Dispute

The islands dispute has turned just a moment to Haruki Murakami who wrote an essay about the situation. Basically, from news reports, he’s siding with the logic that the islands are creating a huge conflict in relationships between China and Japan and both sides need to simmer down from their Nationalism and find practical solutions. His books along with other Japanese books are being removed from bookstore shelves in China. (WSJ – Haruki Murakami) Also, director friend, Shunji Iwai, who is among the most popular Japanese directors in China has been vocal through some past tweets which has gathered a lot of views. They’ve been translated and paraphrased a bit. (@sindyeye) Sep/18th We need to think of their situation and know...

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