Concerns over Japan’s auto sector

According to a December 15 CBC News report, despite the negotiations that led to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, concerns are being raised in relation to Japan’s advantages in the automobile sector. North American carmakers have voiced their concerns on the matter, and although Canada and Japan agreed to a side letter that addresses motor vehicle safety and environmental standards, it is not likely to create an entirely even playing field. The CPTPP notwithstanding, Japan has a series of non-tariff barriers that make it a challenge for foreign brands to sell cars in Japan.

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