Japanese Automakers in the U.S. Economy
Automobiles are the most frequently used form of transportation in the United
States and much of the world. Owning a vehicle is almost a necessity in modern society.
But when you go to buy a new vehicle, you are faced with the question "What should
I buy?" Foreign, most popular being Honda, Toyota and Nissan. Or domestic like Ford,
GM and Chrysler, also known as America's "Big Three." Should we feel guilty walking
into a local Honda dealership to buy a vehicle that is more reliable and efficient than it's
American competitor? Are we obligated to buy an American car simply to help support
the economy? Do Japanese automakers make a negative impact on the automotive
industry? No. In fact, Japanese automobiles and the many markets they support stimulate
the economy in many more ways than they weaken it. As you read on, I'm sure you
will understand why.
In the past, it was the United States who broke through the cultural barriers in
other lands and marketed our products and our culture. The products that we buy are
an important part of our popular culture. The spread of Coca-Cola, Levi's, and
McDonald's outside America symbolized the world's growing dependence and
acceptance of America (Kelman). Now, America is no longer just the internationalizer,
but also the internationalized(Kelman).
Intense competition from Asian auto manufacturers for a piece of the U.S market
has dramatically changed the way many cars are being built today. For one, cars are
being built with higher quality and efficiency with more selections for cheaper prices
from both U.S and Japanese car makers. Second, factories are becoming more efficient
and setting a new standard for U.S. factories to follow. Lastly, these Japanese auto
manufacturers are employing more than 50,000 people combined in their many factories
(Sesolak). Dealerships too, employ tens of thousands of Americans with jobs in sales,
maintenance and service. I can associate with this personally. I worked for Honda as a
parts counter professional for two years and my brother has been an automotive service
technician for almost four years now. It's a great company to work for. Even though
Hondas are some of the most popular cars in America, I can assure you that the other
automakers aren't going bankrupt. Foreign cars are simply better suited for todays youth
and marketed accordingly.
In a speech in Clevland on March 10, 2004 President Bush said "About
16,000 Ohioans work for Honda with good, high paying jobs, and that's not counting
the people who work at 165 different Ohio companies that supply Honda with parts
and material," Bush says "When politics in Washington attack trade for political reasons,
they dont mention these workers, or the 6.4 million other Americans who draw their
paychecks from foreign companies." These foreign...