TOKYO Dec 7 A high-ranking Toyota Motor Corp
executive believes that it will take the automaker a
year to recover from the effects of a diplomatic row between
Japan and China, the Kyodo news agency reported on Friday.
Calls for boycotts of Japanese goods in response to a
territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands in the East China
Sea took a heavy toll of Toyota's sales in China, falling 50
percent in September and 44 percent in October.
The decline slowed in November, with a 22 percent
year-on-year fall to 63,800 vehicles. However, Kyodo said that
Hiroji Onishi, senior manager in charge of Toyota's Chinese
operations, gave a grim outlook in a Nov. 26 meeting with the
company's labour union leaders.
"We have no choice but to believe it is going to be hard to
regain the (pre-September) sales pace," Onishi was quoted as
saying by Kyodo.
"Deducing from past incidents, it would likely take at least
one year, and we are making all sorts of adjustments to our
A Toyota spokesman declined to comment on Friday.
The company said at the start of this year that it aimed to
sell 1 million cars a year in China.
(Reporting By Norihiko Shirouzu; Editing by David Goodman)