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Statement by Minister Seko on U.S. Import-Restrictive Measures on Steel and Aluminum

May 1, 2018

Regarding additional tariffs on steel and aluminum products based on Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, imports of Japanese steel and aluminum do not negatively affect American national security, as repeatedly explained to the Government of the United States of America. Rather, these products have always contributed to American industries and jobs. On this basis, the Government of Japan has been requesting the Government of the United States to exempt Japan from the measures.

It is extremely regrettable that despite this, the Government of the United States of America did not exempt Japan from the measures in its recent decision.

Japan will advance its consideration of necessary action under the framework of the WTO, while continuing to firmly request permanent exemption from the measures.

Division in Charge

Americas Division, Trade Policy Bureau

Last updated:2018-05-01