Factbox: How much is at stake between China and Japan?

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 September, 2012, 8:14pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 September, 2012, 11:46am


  • Total China-Japan two-way trade in 2010: US$335.3 billion
  • Total China-Japan two-way trade in 2011: US$344.9 billion
  • Japan’s total exports to China in 2011: US$161.5 billion
  • China’s total exports to Japan in 2011: US$183.4 billion
  • Overall bilateral trade balance: + $21.9 billion surplus for China


Trade dependence

  • China's exports to Japan as percentage of total exports from Jan-July 2012: 7.6 per cent
  • Japan's exports to China as percentage of total exports from Jan-July 2012: 20.5 per cent


Japan’s major exports to China in 2010

  • Electrical machinery: US$38.8 billion (transistors, electronic integrated circuits, audio/visual equipment)
  • Machinery: US$37 billion (power generators, metalworking machinery, pump centrifuges)
  • Manufactured: US$24.1 billion (iron/steel products, non-ferrous metals, textiles/yarns/fabrics)
  • Chemicals: US$21.3 billion (organic chemicals, medical products, plastics)

Source: Japan Tariff Association

China’s major exports to Japan in 2010

  • Electrical machinery: US$43.8 billion (audio/visual equipment parts, telecoms equipment)
  • Machinery: US$28.6 billion (computers & units, computer parts)
  • Manufactured: US$19.4 billion (textile/yarn/fabrics, metal products)
  • Garments: US$2.42 billion
  • Furniture: US$3.6 billion
  • Fish & shellfish: US$2.9 billion

Source: Japan Tariff Association 


  • Japan holdings of Chinese government bonds as of March 2012: $10.3 billion
  • Total stock of outstanding Chinese government debt: N/A
  • China holdings of Japanese government bonds and borrowings as of Dec 2011: US$230 billion
  • Total stock of outstanding Japanese government debt as of Dec 2011: $12.6 trillion

Source: Bank of JapanSCMPReuters


Investment by Japanese companies in China in 2011: US$6.3 billion

Japan foreign direct investment (FDI) in China

  • Japan’s FDI in China from Jan-July 2012: US$83.4 billion

China FDI to Japan 

  • China’s FDI into Japan Jan-June 2012: US$1.03 billion

Source: MOFCOM, JETRO, Asean-Japan Centre

Chinese companies that have bought/invested in Japanese companies from 2010-11:

  • Ningbo Yusheng (machinery)
  • King Tech
  • BYD Auto (automobiles)
  • HiSoft Technology
  • PetroChina
  • Liaoning Hi-Tech Energy Group
  • Suntech Solar (solar panels)
  • Yingli Green Energy Holding (solar energy)
  • Trina Solar
  • Hunan Corun New Energy

Source: JETRO

Major Sino-Japanese company joint ventures:

  • Guangzhou Auto/Toyota/Honda
  • Dongfeng Motors/Nissan
  • FAW Group/Toyota
  • Lenovo/NEC
  • NTT Docomo/Baidu

Auto manufacturing

  • Share of Japanese auto brands in the China market before protests: 19 per cent
  • Decrease in sales of Japanese cars in Guangdong province after protests: - 60 per cent
  • Number of cars Toyota builds at its mainstay plant in Guangdong province: 30,000
  • Number of cars Toyota sold in China in 2011: 900,000

Source: SCMP

Major Japanese companies affected by anti-Japan protests:

  • Honda – Closed all 5 of its plants temporarily
  • Nissan – Closed 2 of 3 plants temporarily
  • Toyota – Scaled back operations at 3 assembly plants and 6 factories
  • Mazda – Suspended production at 1 Nanjing factory
  • Mitsubishi Motors – Suspended operations at 1 factory
  • Yamaha Motor – Suspended operations at 4 plants
  • Panasonic – Suspended production at 2 component plants, 1 factory
  • Canon – Suspended production at 3 of 4 plants
  • Aeon – Closed 30 of 35 stores in Shenzhen and Guangdong
  • Fast Retailing (Uniqlo) – Closed 39 Uniqlo stores
  • Ryohin Keikaku (MUJI) – Closed 4 of 6 MUJI stores in Beijing
  • All Nippon Airways (ANA) - 40,000 seats cancelled from September to November 
  • Suzuki Motor - Suspended 1 of 2 shifts on September 26

Source: SCMP





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