stresses job-creation by Toyota in U.S. after Trump tweet
Japanese automakers are contributing to job creation in the
United States, Japanese officials said Friday in response to U.S.
President-elect Donald Trump's threat to impose heavy taxes on Toyota
Motor Corp. if it goes ahead with plans to build Corolla cars for the
United States in Mexico.
"Japanese automakers are making significant contributions in
terms of jobs in the United States. It is important that their
efforts and results are accepted widely," Minister of Economy, Trade
and Industry Hiroshige Seko told a press conference. "It is an issue
of a private company but the government is set to support it."
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga also defended the role
played by Japanese businesses for the world's biggest economy,
saying, "Toyota has been aiming to be a good corporate citizen for
the United States."
Trump, who has pressed companies to keep jobs and production in
the United States, said in a post on Twitter, "Toyota Motor said
build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO
WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax."
The threat came after Toyota President Akio Toyoda said Thursday
that the automaker has no immediate plans to reconsider its envisaged
production in Mexico.
Ford Motor Co., meanwhile, this week cancelled plans to build a
new factory in Mexico in a move viewed as having taken into
consideration Trump's call to abandon the idea and create more jobs
in its home market. (Jan. 6)