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Trump rebukes Japan : U.S. President Donald Trump has accused Japan of employing “a variety of nontariff barriers” against American automobiles, effectively urging Tokyo to further liberalize its auto market.

“The United States has expressed strong concerns with the overall lack of access to Japan’s automotive market for U.S. automotive companies,” Trump said in a report submitted to Congress on Wednesday.

“A variety of nontariff barriers impede access to Japan’s automotive market, and overall sales of U.S.-made vehicles and automotive parts in Japan remain low,” said the Economic Report of the President.

Japan, however, imposes no tariffs on imported cars.

The report, the first of its kind under the Trump administration, also criticized China and South Korea for erecting nontariff barriers for American automobiles.

The report suggests Washington will step up calls on Tokyo during bilateral high-level economic talks to address the Trump administration’s concerns over U.S. access to Japan’s automobile market.

Launched last year, the economic dialogue is led by Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

In the second round of the dialogue last October in Washington, Aso and Pence agreed that Japan will streamline noise and emissions testing procedures for U.S. automobile exports. Read more

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Trump rebukes Japan : U.S. President Donald Trump has accused Japan of employing “a variety of nontariff barriers” against American automobiles, effectively urging Tokyo to further liberalize its auto market.

“The United States has expressed strong concerns with the overall lack of access to Japan’s automotive market for U.S. automotive companies,” Trump said in a report submitted to Congress on Wednesday.

“A variety of nontariff barriers impede access to Japan’s automotive market, and overall sales of U.S.-made vehicles and automotive parts in Japan remain low,” said the Economic Report of the President.