Japan to ask U.S. to be exempted from steel, aluminium tariffs
TOKYO, March 9 (Reuters) - Japan's top government spokesman
said on Friday that Japan would continue to ask the United
States to exempt it from Washington's plan to impose tariffs on
imports of steel and aluminium.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news
conference that Japan's steel and aluminum shipments did not
pose a threat to U.S. national security and that they
contributed greatly to employment and industry in the United
U.S. President Donald Trump pressed ahead on Thursday with
import tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent for
aluminum but exempted Canada and Mexico and offered the
possibility of excluding other allies, backtracking from an
earlier "no-exceptions" stance.
(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Chris Gallagher)
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