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Trade war

Japan steelmakers struggle to win tariff waivers from US

Only 40% receive exemption as government shutdown slows process

A Nippon Steel plant in Oita Prefecture. The U.S. has tended to grant waivers for high-performance steel products not available from American manufacturers. (Photo courtesy of Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal)

TOKYO -- Washington has awarded exemptions for Japanese products to the U.S. steel tariffs imposed last March in just over 40% of the waiver requests made by American importers, with nearly as many cases still waiting on a decision.

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