But cars aren't the entire world. No realistic discussion
of this issue can be limited to one single product, regardless of
where the discussion takes place.
You are truly the Google-challenged.
Or you're just trying to pick a fight.
Japanese Imports from U.S.
Of the $59.6 billion in American exports to Japan in 2006,
the following product categories had the highest values.
1. Civilian aircraft - US$3.5 billion (5.9% of Japan from U.S. imports,
up 9.4% from 2005)
2. Medicinal equipment - $2.7 billion (4.5%, down 2.2%)
3. Industrial machines - $2.3 billion (3.9%, up 17.9%)
4. Telecommunications equipment - $2.1 billion (3.5%, up 10.6%)
5. Semi-conductors - $2.06 billion (3.5%, up 10.4%)
6. Corn - $2.0 billion (3.3%, up 22.1%)
7. Pharmaceutical preparations - $1.8 billion (3.0%, up 13.2%)
8. Computer accessories - $1.75 billion (2.9%, down 2.4%)
9. Measuring, testing & control instruments - $1.69 billion (2.8%, up 16.4%)
10.Organic chemicals - $1.4 billion (2.4%, down 6.4%)
Fastest-Growing Japanese Imports from U.S.
Below are American exports to Japan in 2006 with the highest percentage
sales increases from 2005.
1. Military apparel & footwear - US$196.3 million (up 185.9% from 2005)
2. Precious metals - $871.6 million (up 117.6%)
3. Copper - $222.2 million (up 78.2%)
4. Fuel oil - $75.6 million (up 77.9%)
5. Aluminum - $304.9 million (up 62.4%)
I dunno. But if so, then why aren't the domestics making cars which fit
Look at the Japs strenuous efforts to make care we will buy. We certainly
don't do the same for them. The original Honda Odyssey did not sell well.
Why? It was too small. Honda made the Odyssey bigger, and buyers finally
The Japanese try to find out why a particular vehicle isn't selling well
here, and change the car so it will sell well. Do we do that for them? No.
Toyota is doing better tham GM simply because it's a better-run company
with smarter management.
Spot on Tegger!!! My concern now is that Government Motors will be run into
the ground if the Bureaucrats don't let people who know how run the company.
If they won't, then I greatly fear GMs demise. The guvmint doesn't have a
great track record managing anything.
Sounds like YOU are Google-challenged to me.
Once again, this is group about automoblies, not foreign trade (as one
sided, or unfair as it may be)
Opps, please strike the words within the paragragh from the records!
I'm new here, having just bought our first Honda Pilot Touring, so
joined the group. We lived all over Europe, and I've been to Japan,
Korea and, unfortunately, Vietnam. My observation was that they drive
German cars in Germany, French cars in France, Italian...well you get
it... mostly because they really do have a sense of national
identity. In places where, like Cairo, there is no "national" car
then they go for - like the family we've known for years - Honda
because they thought enough to put in a dealership, with trained
mechanics. Otherwise every block has a "shade tree" mechanic for the
old cars that they do have. Most countries have tax policies (like
taxing engine displacement - in Germany) that are a de facto
limitation on imports. Other places, like Switzerland, have a huge
import as well as annual road usage tax, which obviates against big
American cars. And I talked to a Swiss about selling my 455 Pontiac
Bonneville (they want the engine for boats) and he outlined what it
would cost. So there are a lot of factors, mostly taxes, and annual
costs, not to mention the lack of service. We always bought a VW for
delivery in Germany, when we knew we were going, just because of the
service network. I toured an E-Type Jaguar across Europe, and had an
atlas with the few service places outlined. Well, the grandkids just
arrived, so off to get cookies!
Have you bothered to do /any/ reading about this? American makers have
simply failed to address the needs and desires of the Japanese market.
"Compounding these problems, the report said, was the fact that the Big
Three had never built a car under 2,000-cc engine displacement - the
segment that at the time accounted for more than 80% of the entire market
(18) - nor had they designed any cars for Japan with the steering wheel on
the right-hand side.(19) Moreover, prices of U.S.- made cars "tend[ed] to
be higher by approximately 20% on average than those of comparable
Japanese-made cars," the report said, despite the fact that Japan had
completely eliminated auto tariffs in 1978.(20)"
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His comment was just one more YABUT excuse to deflect from the fact Toyota
has been ordered to recall 5.4 MILLION unsafe vehicles all around the world.
writes>The GOVERNMENT restricts the
Actually the number is about 8 MILLION recalls in the past year, and
The number is probably over 20 million if you go back five years.
But, these vechiles are so much better than the Corvar, Pinto, LTD, or
This whole statement you made here is simply full of doo-doo.
you use a few factual statments, but mostly biased ones here.
How about using a little logic, instead?????
GM sell, MILLIONS of vehicles world wide, but only 12000 in Japan.
"How are the "needs' of Japan so different from the rest of the world
that, given a fair chance, GM sells millions of vehicles to?
Does ALL of the Japanese people live in the narrow streets of Tokyo,
meaning GM didn/t make a small enough car for them??
And what about this "2000 cc engine size?????
Is there some kind of Japanese law stating engines have to be a
certain (small) size??????
If so, that, in itself, is a govenrment restriction, whether terriffs
are used or not.
Only one in about a thousand examples of how a government can restrict
free-trade even without tariffs.
Now go back, and Google, and Wikipedia a little more and use common
sense the next time you tell me that a country that has a population
of, what, about a 130 million people whom have largly embraced a
Western-civilization lifestyle only buys 12000 GM cars???????
Pretty lame exuse on your part.
Any you insult Japanese people with your generalations.
Although I've never been to Japan, I've done quite a bit of globe
trotting, but your statement indicates that you've never been outside of
the USA and have a very poor grasp of other countries requirements.
Once again, city boy, your Cyndi Lauper True Colors are shining
Used no reasoning skills what-so-ever.
Even though you never owned an American vehicle, or at least not in
this century, anyway,you continue to trash them.
If I know nothing about Japan and the tastes of Japanese car owners,
you know even LESS about US nameplates.
But, gosh-darned, in debating with you, I learned a new word.
I always thought is was some kind of instrument you played.
Something like a skin flute.
You taught me something, now I'll teach you.
Ever hear of a guy named Alvin Dark???
Used to be a baseball manager.
Had a famous saying he liked to use when he brushed someone off who
Now, I give it to you.
"Take a hike, son"!
During a discussion/argument on vehicle makes, you mentioned Cyndi
Lauper, a skin flute and you bring up a baseball manager.
Are you inbred, just incredibly stupid or both? Please tell me that your
kids are adopted and that you did not infect following generations with
Your comprehensive skills aren't very good are they????
Try understanding to entire context of a post and what the auther is
trying to say.
I don't mind passing out a few good insults when they are deserved, I
don't even mind recieving insults too much.
However; when insulting a poster, I usually have the decency to keep
his wife, children or parents out of it.
You should do the same.
And yes, you did hit a raw nerve.
Now, politely take a hike, son.
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