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Trade war

US demand for auto export restrictions rattles Japan

Quantitative limit would violate WTO rules, Tokyo says

The U.S. move is aimed at both Japan and the EU, which also opposes the restrictions.   © Reuters

TOKYO/WASHINGTON -- Tokyo is anxiously watching if Washington attempts to introduce quantitative restrictions on the import of Japanese autos, a move American media said U.S. President Donald Trump is mulling in lieu of tariffs.

Bloomberg reported that Trump is preparing an executive order requesting Japan and the European Union to limit auto exports to the U.S. The order would grant the two 180 days to come up with a plan to cap exports in exchange for the U.S. not levying a 25% auto tariff.

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