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Japanese automakers, such as Honda, already play a major role in creating jobs in the U.S.   © Reuters

Trump calls for Japanese carmakers to create more jobs in US

Commitment to trade and investment addressed in call with Abe

| Japan

TOKYO -- U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking assurances that Japan's automakers will cooperate in creating additional American jobs, according to Japanese officials.

In Saturday's phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump reiterated his initiative to create jobs in the U.S. and requested that the Japanese auto industry contribute, government officials revealed Sunday. Abe replied that the industry has already created 1.5 million American jobs, citing trade group estimates. He outlined contributions by Japanese businesses to the economy in both employment and investment.

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