U.S. expresses ‘serious concern’ about Japan’s auto trade policy

March 20, 2013

President Barack Obama has “serious concern” about Japan’s auto trade policy, a senior administration official said Tuesday. Acting U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis told the Senate Finance Committee that the administration wants to see Japan make more progress on auto issues.

Last week, Japan asked to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, a group of 11 nations led by the U.S.