Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was asked in the parliament today about Trump intention to impose tariffs on car imports using national security as excuse. Abe said he would seek to convince Trump that Japan carmakers are important in boosting the US economy.

He noted that Japan automakes have “created jobs and made huge contributions to the US economy.” And he added that the number of cars Japanese automakers produce in the US is double the number it exports to the country.

And he emphasized that “as a country that prioritizes a rule-based, multilateral trade system, Japan believes that any steps taken on trade must be in line with World Trade Organization rules.”

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Separately, he added that “Japan has explained to the United States its stance that TPP is the best format for both countries. We will continue to talk with the United States based on this view.”

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