I'm sorry, but to myself and everyone I know, japanese car = rice. It's that simple. That being said, rice can be sweet as hell (Supra, NSX, many others). Last time I looked, there wasn't an official definition in Webster's dictionary. It's all semantics. No, it's not racist. Asian people are known to eat lots of rice. If someone makes reference to it, they shouldn't be offended. Racism is a form of hatred and intolerance. If you start calling gay guys "Green Tea", is that hateful like calling them "pillow biter"? No. Same thing. Political correctness is fine to a point, but there's a fine line between fairness and nausea. If you're offended by the term rice, grow a thicker skin for chrissakes.