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U.S. automakers call for currency provision in trade deal with Japan

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As U.S. and Japanese officials embark on bilateral trade negotiations, it is imperative that Japanese open its market in a meaningful way to U.S. cars and trucks.

Seriously - can you imagine a car from an American manufacturer better suited to the local environment than those available here? The automobile tripe is getting stale.

Focusing on food, IMO, would be far more productive. We're in that season when superarkets are reduced to cabbage and onions, and the cheese section is a joke. Strike where the metal is hot.

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We're in that season when superarkets are reduced to cabbage and onions, and the cheese section is a joke.

The cheese section is a joke year-round, but I don't see how bilateral trade negotiations with the US would do anything to fix that. We need direct imports of proper cheese from Europe and the UK.

Please.

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Cheese appears an important item for foreigners living in Japan. Help them soon. We Japanese do not have interest in cheese. We eat several times a year.

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Cleo, with all due respect, America makes some wonderful cheeses. Frankly, though, my xenophobia does not extend to fromage. Processed "cheese" and half-hearted brie - help!

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Back on topic please. The subject is autos, not cheese.

Citing the fact that Japanese monetary authorities have not intervened in foreign exchange markets over the last seven years, the officials dismissed the view that Japan has guided the value of the yen lower against the dollar.

The BoJ has been devaluing the yen not by specifically intervening in foreign exchange markets, but by creating money like mad. Did these unnamed officials think readers would be deceived by this misleading statement?

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they also urged Japan to remove nontariff barriers including what they refer to as a practice of not accepting vehicles build to U.S. safety and environmental standards.

Heaven forbid that a country has its own safety and environmental standards! Oh how unfair it is....

When are American car companies going to realize, if you want to sell in Japan, make a car that the Japanese people would buy.

Japan has to export/build cars that meet US environmental and safety standards, but the US doesnt have to meet Japanese ones? Yeah....

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Japan has to export/build cars that meet US environmental and safety standards, but the US doesnt have to meet Japanese ones? Yeah....

Its ludicrous isn't it.

Mind you we have seen European and Japanese car manufactures do a lot of dodgy stuff in terms of emissions in recent times. While they might have higher standards there is no guarantee they are being followed....

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The BoJ has been devaluing the yen not by specifically intervening in foreign exchange markets, but by creating money like mad. Did these unnamed officials think readers would be deceived by this misleading statement?

its called quantitative easing , America were the kings of it until they weren't, the EU just stopped their version of it, If America wants to stop currency manipulation then it needs to get all the G8 countries to sign up including itself, if anybody breaks the agreement then the whole deal is off. Japan should never agree to anything that'll put itself at a disadvantage to other economies thatll continue to same practices either now or in the future and that includes America. America strong currency now has nothing to do with Japan and mostly to do with its far stronger economy and rising interest rates.

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Japanese car manufactures do a lot of dodgy stuff in terms of emissions in recent times.

yep bit like the decades of dodgy stuff GM Ford Chrysler did prior the 2008 GFC, needing over $50billion in taxpayer money to save them from bankruptcy.

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Freee trade nation?  These companies are taking liberties.  how on earth can they demand this type of provision?

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This article may be about automobiles, but it is just a topic that has been brushed off and regurgitated from what, maybe 20 or 30 years ago? Just replace the negotiators and president's names and whoosh, we are back in the 80's!

American's makers are unwilling to retool and make their products "right" for the market here, as the market is very limited for foreign imports.

Why in the hell would I want to purchase a foreign vehicle that is going to cost me more to maintain than one produced locally that is better suited for the roads here?

This is just Detroit and the "so-called" Big Three STILL being butt hurt about having all those Japanese cars on the roads in America and miniscule percentage of US one's here!

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REF car and truck engine emissions, I think that Japans engine emissions are a lot stricter than the USA, if this is so can some tell me how or when are they allowed on these grounds to be imported, or is that one of the reasons the US is complaining about, Here in the UK and Europe the engine emissions are very strict and its one way of dealing with pollution and global warming,

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This entire discussion is basically pointless. By axing more or less their entire car lineups, the Big 3 are now essentially Truck and SUV makers with the odd EV or sports car thrown in. The vast, vast majority of Japanese buyers have absolutely NO need or want for those kinds of oversized vehicles. It's a complete mismatch with the market.

You can't stop making the type of cars people might buy, and then turn around and make them buy something that they don't want. I didn't think that the Big 3 were this myopic, but I'm beginning to reconsider my position.

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The size is too big. The engine is too large (displacement). The steering wheel is on the wrong side. That last one is the biggest hurdle, unless you send them UK-produced "American" cars, but then that's not going to help them in America either. It's a joke! The only American cars I see here are "status" symbols from those who either like them and are willing to pay the price and inconvenience or from those saying, "look at me! I have the money! (And maybe not the brains)!"

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The best thing to do is let the USA import its cars, it will be up to the general Japanese public to make up there minds wether to buy one or not. if it crashes and burns, the J government can say well we tried, I can't see it taking off to the extreme as DT says it will, I am sure there will be a few sales but not that many,

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