INTERVIEW: Ex-USTR Official Expects Vehicle Quota on Japan


New York, Dec. 12 (Jiji Press)--U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is likely to push for a quota on Japanese automobile exports to the United States in upcoming bilateral trade negotiations, former U.S. trade official Glen Fukushima has said.

In a recent interview with Jiji Press, Fukushima, former deputy assistant U.S. trade representative for Japan and China, also said the administration may impose additional tariffs on Japanese vehicles unless the Japanese government accepts such a quota.

The interview was held in Japanese, ahead of the Japan-U.S. trade talks, expected to start as early as next month.

In May, the U.S. Commerce Department launched an investigation on automotive trade for possible import restrictions on national security grounds under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

Based on a joint statement adopted at a Japan-U.S. summit in late September, the Japanese government says the United States will not impose additional tariffs at least during their negotiations.

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