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Cabinet ministers respond to USG hearing on raising auto import tariffs

  • July 20, 2018
  • , NHK
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NHK reported online that members of the Abe cabinet responded to the public hearing held by the U S. government on the possibility of raising tariffs on auto imports to the United States. Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Seko reportedly said: “The government explained at the hearing that Japanese automakers and auto parts manufacturers as well as dealers are making great contributions to the U.S. economy.” Concerning the fact that General Motors and other members of the U.S. auto industry also expressed opposition to higher auto import tariffs at the hearing, Seko reportedly said: “I hope the Trump administration listens to such voices.” Economic Revitalization Minister Motegi reportedly said: “I understand that many automakers and dealers expressed caution [at the hearing]. I think it is also well known within the U.S. that the current situation is different from the 80s and 90s when there was trade friction between the U.S. and Japan.” He reportedly added: “I hope that the U.S. government thoroughly listens to these voices and considers the way forward.”



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