Yes, some of the older folks, like my father, would have nothing to do with Japanese products in the 50s and 60s. Part of that was because he was in the Western Pacific in the closing days of World War II, and he saw ... well, the less said the better.
Plus, when Japan was rebuilding itself from being nuked and napalmed into a pile of ash, they produced and exported ANYthing that they could make to try to get some foreign exchange in. I remember having a little metal wind-up car from Japan that still had the paint on the inside from the tin can it had been stamped out of. But they were a democracy (an Asian one, thus different from ours, but ..) and they built themselves into a high-quality world trading empire.
China, on the other hand, is a communist slave-labor empire, whose goal is to flood the world with subsidized, cheap crap (which they know how to make as well as they know how to make better stuff), and they KNOW that we in the US and UK will throw our local manufacturers right under the train to save a few pence on a DVD player or adjustable spanner. And they'll continue to take advantage of that until they've met their goal. And it'll be a long road back for the ones who sucked on that "cheap cheap cheap" tit for so long.
Me, I don't buy anything with a Chinese label on it, ever. But that's just me.
Your interpretation of the signs may be different, of course. We're like that here on IKBA ..