New Era of Japan Bashing?

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Via Japan Probe

Toyota's problems are not unique to the auto company, as several other Japanese automakers have voluntarily recalled tens of thousands of cars and light trucks in the wake of the Toyota recall.
But does this constitute a new era of "Japan Bashing"? The Japanese trade imbalance with the U.S. is still in favor of the Japanese (as they own a significant portion of our debts), but Japan has slipped from the World's 2nd to 3rd largest economy --behind China-- during the prolonged worldwide recession. Maybe the theory has some legs . . .