Japanese Automakers Disappointed Trump Deems Them A National Security Threat

A host of Japanese car manufacturers have expressed their disappointment at U.S. President Donald Trump deeming imported cars and parts to be a national security threat.

On Friday, the President agreed with the conclusion of the Commerce Department that the importation of foreign-made vehicles and auto parts have been threatening national security since the 1980s after they started to eat into the market share of American-owned car manufacturers.

In a statement, the influential Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, chaired by Toyota president Akio Toyoda, expressed his concern about Trump’s conclusion. Members of the trade group include Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Subaru, and others.

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“We are dismayed to hear a message suggesting that our long-time contributions of investment and employment in the U.S. are not welcomed. As chairman, I am deeply saddened by this decision,” Toyoda said.

Trump wants to reduce the number of cars imported to the United States and claims that doing so will help local automakers to better invest in research and development. The White House has set a 180-day deadline for negotiating deals with Japan, the European Union, and other significant auto exporters, Bloomberg reports.

“Any trade restrictive measures would deliver a serious blow to the U.S. auto industry and economy, as it would not only disadvantage U.S. consumers, but also adversely affect the global competitiveness of U.S.-produced vehicles and suppress company investments in the U.S.,” Toyoda added.

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association says that it provides more than 93,000 direct American jobs. Threats from Trump are thought to have played a role in Toyota’s decision to announce an additional $3 billion to a five-year spending plan in the United States.

  • charlotteharry57

    Despite the questionable sentiments of POTUS, the Japanese are overplaying the drama as well.

  • rover10

    I thought this might happen. Since the invasion of Japanese motor bikes and cars in the late 50’s, I wondered why such a free hand had been given to these imports? Many warned that going unchecked, domestic jobs could be lost, yet, little was done to stem the flow? Today, the Koreans are doing exactly the same, so the domestic US auto industry is being hit from all sides. However, is it too late to close the floodgates, especially when more of these Asian products are being manufactured in the United States?

    • anton esbjörnsson

      Why would other auto industries care about how their sales affect the domestic US industry? Also the US industry is pretty much hitting itself from all sides by producing worse quality products.

  • DM

    Consumers are free to choose from all automakers, and if they keep buying foreign there is a reason for that. Implementing restrictions on foreign cars will not make U.S. companies invest and be better; competition will.

    • brn

      Intervention by the Japanese and Korean governments have done wonders for the successes of their native automakers.

      • Dude

        Intervention?

  • getoffme

    We all know he is an idiot. Would be surprised if this comment is moderated.

    Automakers that give jobs to Americans are a security threat you say? Complete idiot.

    • brn

      Yes, we all agree that Akio Toyoda is an idiot.

      That’s who you meant, right?

      • getoffme

        Don’t reproduce.

        • brn

          Insults, the action of someone that has no argument.

  • Giannis Antypas

    “the importation of foreign-made vehicles and auto parts”

    Key words: importation, foreign-made

  • HE IS CLEARLY BECOMING UNHINGED AS CONGRESS GETS CLOSER TO SEEING HIS TAXES AND EXPOSING WHAT A CON HE IS. AMERICAN CAR COMPANIES ARE ABANDONING AMERICAN WORKERS AND THIS KIND OF NONSENSE IS GONNA PUSH AWAY FOREIGN COMPANIES.

    ARTICLES ON THIS GUY GET A LOT OF CLICKS BECAUSE PEOPLE WANT TO VENT. HIS INSATIABLE NEED FOR ATTENTION, GOOD OR BAD SUCKS ALL THE AIR OUT OF A ROOM AND I WONT BE CLICKING ON ANY MORE ARTICLES HERE ABOUT HIM. IT’S NOT CAR NEWS IT’S SENSATIONALISM.

  • Charles Chin

    He thinks everyone is a national security threat HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Blanka Li

    Wow. The Toyota Camry (Kentucky) and Honda Accord (Ohio) are two of the most American cars on the road. Even the Toyota Tundra has more TDC than several models of “American” trucks. I don’t understand Trump’s thinking on this one.

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