Japan sends U.S. a letter on ‘Buy American’ concerns

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Japan’s ambassador to the United States, Ichiro Fujisaki, has sent a letter of concern to the United States on a bill that recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives that contains a “Buy American” provision. The letter was sent earlier this week to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

Fujisaki expressed concern on a provision in the appropriations bill for energy and water development that said funds should not be used to buy cars other than those vehicles made by GM, Chrysler or Ford.

“If it limits it to just the three, this violates the World Trade Organization’s fundamental principle of non-discrimination,” said an official, who wanted to remain anonymous.

“Taking into consideration the flow from the previous stimulus package, we are concerned that there will be more moves to promote purchasing of American products.”

A “Buy American” provision in the U.S. stimulus bill generally means that public work projects funded by the bill can only use U.S. made steel, iron and other manufactured goods.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Reuters