Japanese Camera Factories May Be at Risk Amidst Chinese Protests

There’s a huge wave of anti-Japanese sentiment sweeping across China, with violent protests popping up all over the country in response to the ongoing dispute over islands in the East China Sea. Amidst the public anger, Japanese brands are taking a hit… literally.

CNN reports that Japanese businesses and manufacturing plants have been targeted by protestors, causing large amounts of damage and forcing some of them to close. Among the companies hit hard was Panasonic:

Violence against Japanese companies was seen in Xi’an, Dongguan, Changsha and Guangzhou, according to local media reports. A Panasonic factory was set on fire and a Toyota dealership in Qingdao were damaged on Saturday, and a Jusco department store was ransacked.

[…] Panasonic has suspended work three plants in China until Tuesday, after factories in Qingdao and Suzhou were damaged by protesters, company officials told CNN. Panasonic also halted operations at a factory in Guangdong province until Tuesday as some local employees staged a strike […]

Many of the largest camera manufacturers have plants located in China. The suspension of these plants could mean major disruptions in the availability of cameras, just like last year’s natural disasters in Japan and Thailand caused.

Update: This is, in fact, affecting the camera industry. Reuters reports that Canon is suspending operations as well (thx DafOwen):

Japanese electronics maker Canon Inc is set to suspend operations at three of its four plants in China on Monday and Tuesday following huge anti-Japanese protests in China, Japanese media reported on Monday.

Canon will halt production lines at its laser printer factory in Guangdong, a digital camera factory in Guangdong, and a copier plant in Jiangsu, Japanese media reported.

Image credit: Beijing September 2012 by Remko Tanis

  • Mijonju

    seriously…. come on..

  • madmax

    Japan has not yet learned from the invasion and war crimes in China, Corea and other countries and continues its endless and unnecessary provocations, but China is no more that weak and divided country of the past…

  • Peng Tuck Kwok

    that’s in the past. the people of china need to use their head a little sometimes rather than being driven by emotion stirred up by the state.

  • madmax

    True, all of us need to use our heads rather than become violent but… and the people of Corea? They also have had several violent anti-japanese protests. It seems Japan politicians must first learn to behave properly so that Corean and Chinese people can forget the past.

  • Mark Dickinson

    Imagine seeing Made in USA?!?!

  • Mako Koiwai

    They SHOULD relocate then – Vietnam perhaps – if the Chinese don’t appreciate the work

  • Mako Koiwai

    You’re right! Why not the US

  • Mako Koiwai

    “Corea” ?! …. really now

  • Matt

    For a country so driven by manufacturing goods from other countries, and IP theft, letting the state whip people up into destructive mobs smacks of biting a hand that feeds them. The volume of nationalistic responses (signs, discounts, advertisements) and responding to run-of-the-mill territorial disputes with looting and pillaging betrays that this isn’t just a band of annoyed hooligans.

  • Mijonju

    I mean, why do they have to be so destructive, nothing constructive at all, what’s the point of the destruction and forcing the company to stop, no + for anyone.. waste of work, time, resource.. this is about the Senkaku Shotou right? why so greedy? even if japan was generous enough to just let go, do you think china gonna take good care of it? they just gonna suck out all the oil and leave that place to rot, that’s how it’s gonna be.

  • JIm

    All they did is damaged the Japanese brand Car own by a Chinese and MADE IN CHINA, destroyed Japanese restaurant which own and run by Chinese.
    They also beat a Chinese driver to coma because he was driving a Toyota car.
    You can’t really imagine what these mainland Chinese people thinking.

  • Jim

    Why you reply your own comment and said “You’re right”?
    I don’t get it.

  • Matt

    Probably nationalistic astroturfing done wrong.

  • val escobar

    Its surprising that for a country that prides itself on discipline of its masses, the government allowed the demonstrations. That only tells me, its State sponsored.

  • Jazz Benigno

    yes!!!! and let these japanese factories come to the Philippines where the people are more friendly :)

  • Nick Liew

    It’s one thing to hold signs and chant slogans like “Diao Yu is ours” Or ” Reyturn the Islands” in protest, that’s alright. But when cars, establishments start being destroyed then that’s when the protest should be stopped right away.

  • bang2tang

    hypocrite mainlander…
    Just move your factory to Indonesia, lol.