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Japanese auto lobby rebuts U.S declaration that foreign vehicles pose security threat

  • May 22, 2019
  • , Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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Yomiuri, Sankei, and Nikkei reported that yesterday the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association issued a statement protesting President Trump’s recent declaration that imported cars pose a national security threat. “We are dismayed to hear a message suggesting that our long-time contributions of investment and employment in the United States are not welcomed,” said the lobbying group’s chairman Toyoda. “Our business operations do not constitute a threat to national security.” The statement reportedly underscored that Japanese automakers have cumulatively invested about $51 billion in manufacturing in the U.S. over the last several decades and that they have created over 93,000 manufacturing jobs at their plants and more than 1.6 million indirect jobs, such as at dealerships and suppliers.

 

Sankei also highlighted press remarks made by Trade Minister Seko on Tuesday. He reportedly stressed that Japanese auto imports do not pose a threat to the United States. “Japanese auto manufacturers play a key role in reinforcing the U.S. industrial base,” the cabinet minister said. “They do not have an impact on U.S. defense capabilities.”

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