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Toyota president shows hope for good Japan-U.S. tie ahead of summit

Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda expressed his hope
Thursday for building a good relationship between Japan and the
United States ahead of a summit between two countries next week.

His remark reflects concern in Japan over views expressed by
U.S. President Donald Trump concerning Japanese automakers. The
president has accused Japan of trade practices in the auto sector
that are "not fair" to U.S. companies.

"It would be great if politics and businesses can complement the
strength" of each other, Toyoda said.

Toyoda and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are planning to
meet Friday prior to the summit on Feb. 10 and expected to discuss
how to counter the criticism.

Toyota, Japan's largest automaker by volume, "manufactures cars
in the United States for the U.S. market. We would like to convey our
thoughts," Toyoda told reporters at a press conference for its
motorsport activities in Tokyo.

The Japanese carmaker last month pledged to invest around $10
billion in the United States over the next five years in an attempt
to seek local understanding for its contribution to the country's
economy including employment. (Feb. 2)