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Japan raises concern over U.S. eligibility rules on EV subsidies

Requirement of North America assembly will exclude most Japanese models

Toyota Motor and other Japanese automakers build almost no electric vehicles in North America. (Photo by Yuki Nakao)

LOS ANGELES -- Japan has expressed concern to the U.S. that Japanese electric vehicles may not be eligible for Washington's new subsidy program. 

Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who is visiting the U.S., told Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo on Wednesday that sales of Japanese-brand EVs could be hurt by the eligibility conditions for tax incentives.

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