Immediate Release Contact:
and Japan Launch New Forum to
Bilateral Automotive Issues
Secretary Don Evans and U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick
announced today the creation of a new a consultative group designed
to improve American access to the domestic Japanese automotive
market and Japanese auto plants in the United States. The new
group will be comprised of key government trade officials from
both nations. The announcement of the U.S.-Japan Automotive Consultative
Group follows a series of meetings between U.S. and Japanese officials,
the most recent of which was held October 15 and 16 in Washington.
health and well-being of the U.S. automotive industry is a vital
component of our nation's economic stability," Evans said. "The
Automotive Consultative Group represents a major step forward
in our goal of resolving trade, regulatory, and competition policy
issues in this industry. I welcome the willingness of the Japanese
Government to continue to address issues of concern to the United
States in the automotive sector."
long history of barriers that U.S. firms have encountered in their
attempts to penetrate the Japanese automotive market coupled with
recent changes in the global automotive industry make it all the
more important that Japan take concrete steps to further open
its market. Through the Automotive Consultative Group, the United
States and Japan will jointly address any issues that arise,"
said Ambassador Zoellick.
effects of closer integration and technological advancements in
the global automotive industry over the past several years on
market access and competition in this sector remain unclear. The
Automotive Consultative Group will assess trends in the industry
based on a series of trade data on autos and automotive parts
to be provided by the United States and Japan. In addition, the
group will address market access issues as well as needed regulatory
reform in Japan. The Automotive Consultative Group will be co-chaired
by the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative
on the U.S. side, and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry;
and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on the Japanese
U.S. Government will continue to work closely with the U.S. auto
and auto parts industry in developing the agenda for the first
meeting, to be held in early 2002.
United States is continuing to address cross-cutting issues impacting
the automotive sector under the U.S.-Japan Economic Partnership
for Growth, announced by President Bush and Prime Minister Koizumi
on June 30, 2001. This includes expanding opportunities for foreign
investment, increasing transparency, and promoting corporate restructuring
in the Japanese economy.
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