SHANGHAI - Chinese shoppers are becoming increasingly doubtful of the quality of products made in their own country. However, they seem to be willing to buy China-made goods in Japan, which they believe has stricter quality standards.
During the Lunar New Year holidays in mid-February, Chinese tourists flocked to Japan and went on a shopping spree. Heated toilet seats with warm water washing systems were a particular hit with the visitors, even though they are also sold in China. In fact, according to Chinese online media, the seats are made in a factory in Hangzhou, in China's Zhejiang Province.
This sparked intense debate on microblogging website Weibo, with comments including, "Why do Chinese tourists go all the way to Japan to buy Chinese products?" and "Have Chinese tourists lost their pride in being Chinese?"
A Chinese office worker who has visited Japan said the comments "come from jealous Chinese who have never been to Japan."
On the other hand, a Beijing man said, "Quality and safety standards for products are different in Japan and China. Products sold in Japan are high quality and reliable even when they are made in China."
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