Trump Raps Toyota's Plan to Build Factory in Mexico

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Washington, Jan. 5 (Jiji Press)—Incoming US President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized a plan by leading Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. to build a new factory in Mexico.

"Toyota Motor said will build a new plant" in Baja California, Mexico, to make Corolla cars for exports to the United States, Trump said on his Twitter account.

"No Way!," he said, adding, "Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax."

This is the first time that Trump has criticized a Japanese company since he won the US presidential election in November last year. The remarks that can be taken as a threat are likely to cause controversy, pundits said.

Trump, who is set to take office on January 20, has rapped plans by Ford Motor Co. and other US firms to build plants outside the United States.

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