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Japan's auto industry wants Trump to make 'appropriate decision' on trade rules for imports

Key Points
  • Japan's auto industry lobby said it looked forward to U.S. President Donald Trump making a "careful and appropriate decision" on the issue of trade surrounding imported vehicles.
  • On Sunday, the U.S. Commerce Department sent a report to Trump that could unleash steep tariffs on imported cars and auto parts, provoking a sharp backlash from the industry even before it is unveiled.
A 2019 Toyota Motor Corp. Tundra TRD Pro pickup truck sits on display during the Chicago Auto Show in Chicago.
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Japan's auto industry lobby on Thursday called on U.S. President Donald Trump to make an "appropriate decision" on trade rules governing imported vehicles, repeating its stance that Japanese-made cars posed no threat to U.S. national security.

"Introducing import restriction measures would not only negatively affect our U.S. customers, but would also disrupt the operations of U.S. vehicle and auto parts manufacturers as well as auto dealerships," Akio Toyoda, chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, said in a statement.

"We look forward to President Trump's understanding and a careful and appropriate decision on his part regarding this matter of critical importance to the U.S. automobile industry and the American people."

On Sunday, the U.S. Commerce Department sent a report to Trump that could unleash steep tariffs on imported cars and auto parts, provoking a sharp backlash from the industry even before it is unveiled.