You those same americans who are BUILDING the 'japanese' cars in
American factories ? sure.
I think japanese cars are more american these days than american cars.
Mexico, Canada.. you name it, they all built there.
Dont be fooled by Appearances...they are Japanese cars. Japanese companies
do whatever it is they do here but at the end of the day the money goes back
to Japan. Sure you may have American workers but the Overseer is Japanese
and the American worker does what the Japanese order them to do.
True but if they worked for one of the domestic companies they would be
better off. They would have even more money to go into the stores and bank
their accounts.. Better benefits as well. ;)
Not likely. There are plenty of folks who already have shown they are
willing to work for substandard wages, why do you think all of the import
brands are locating where they do? That is like saying that if the
domestic do go under all of the workers now working in the import plants
will move to Mexico or China when the imports pull out of the US ;)
With respect, you're just wrong.
I've heard plenty of podcasts and read articles over the years talking to
nissan, honda, and toyota execs about whether laid-off workers apply and
relocate to Texas, Tenn., etc. for the chance to keep working.
Dunno because neither you nor I know if that ever will happen. We do know,
because it is a demonstrated fact, that Japanese and Korean brands have and
are building more plants in the U.S.
Why do you raise the specter of a bogey man and ignore the pleasant reality
that exists? If low cost to produce were the only thing that matters to the
Japanese and Koreans, there would be no car plants in Japan and the Koreans
would keep all there manufacturing in Korea.
Do you actually want your bogey man to become real? Sounds to me like you
do. Is it barely possible that these Korean and Japanese car company
executives who are building plants in the U.S. and Canada to employee our
fellow citizens at good wages are not the low down money grubbing SOB's you
seem to think they are? There is a co-op I work with studying mechanical
engineering. His dream is to find work with a Japanese car
manufacturer...here in Michigan. I think it will happen. So does he.
Toyota is not the enemy of GM or Ford, the enemy is within.
well, probably not. but you're talking about something that MAY happen
20-40 years from now.
Nissan, hyundai, honda, kia, toyota (specifically) have made a commitment
and stated their long-range plans to build in the markets their selling.
If toyota, etc are building plants here in the US, their making a long-
term capital investment which they're NOT going to demolish in the next 5
years just to relocate to Mexico.
However, IF washington doesn't start working on and seriously start
talking about an economic plan similar to the european union, I think in
the 2nd half of the next century we'll see an acceleration of
manufacturing going to our southern-american brothers.
the EU right now has it's problems... no doubt!
However, with the economic sun rising over china, and their 20% of the
world population Europe has seen the necessity for the LONG TERM of a
unified economic system.
I truly think that if the USA, Canada, Mexico and our brothers to the
south don't start thinkng the same way, it's just a matter of time until
we're overshadowed by one of several larger economies.. either an
individual country or economic 'unions'.
I know you'll argue with me, Mike, but I'm not talking 10-20 years
here... I'm talking 100-200 years.
I don't think that is going to happen, but even if it did, the Koreans
and Chinese will be there to keep the Japanese on their toes.
It isn't so much that the Japanese are winning the war in the US market
as it is that the US based companies are loosing it. Much as in amateur
sports, it it the error rate of the opponents which often determines the
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