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Trade war

Trump's trade war reaches the heart of Asian exports: Cars

Japanese and South Korean manufacturers rattled by threat of 25% levy

Japan exported more than 1.74 million vehicles to the U.S. in 2017. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

TOKYO/WASHINGTON -- Japanese and South Korean automakers are being forced to review their business strategies for the U.S. as the Trump administration considers raising the tariff on imported cars to 25% from the current 2.5% in a bid for blue-collar workers' votes ahead of the midterm elections in November.

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