Japanese Automakers in the U.S. Economy Essay

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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
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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 owned, American based factories

create even more jobs for parts suppliers and service shops that cateur to japanese cars.

Also, the investments made by foreign businesses is raising skill levels and pressuring

many states to set new educational standards in the face of advancing technology (Pine).

To better understand the growing foreign