Toyota Motor Corporation announced that it will resume operations on Monday at all nine of its plants in China, after the carmaker halted production in response to anti-Japan demonstrations.
A Toyota spokesman said some plants halted operations this week, but he declined to specify which plants. As protests have eased in recent days, companies announced they will resume their activities in China. However, the danger is still present.
According to Reuters poll, about 41 percent of Japanese companies see an escalating territorial dispute with China affecting their business plants. Some of these companies even consider pulling out of the country and shifting operations elsewhere.
Relations between China and Japan have hit their lowest point in decades over a dispute on an unhabited group of islands in the East China Sea – known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newpaper reported that custom officials in the port city of Tianjin have told Japanese companies their imports will be inspected more frequently, a worrying sign that Japan’s shipments to China could slow.
Honda Motor Company said it was already making contingency plans. “We are trying to forecast things in advance and preparing as much as possible to avoid any impact on our business,” Takanobu Ito, Honda’s chief executive, was quoted as saying by Reuters.