Abe-san, Sumimasen: Talk To Trump About Closed Market America, If You Dare

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in America for a round of talks and golf with President Trump. During the trip “Japan will explain the facts about its auto market to US President Donald Trump,” wrote Reuters. This may have become superfluous, as newspaper after newspaper has, in the run-up to the trip, explained that the Japanese auto market is one of the world’s most open. As Bloomberg wrote, U.S. made cars don’t sell well in Japan “for a simple reason: a perception of poor quality.” The Wall Street Journal put it even more succinctly: “It’s just that few people want them.” So what is there to talk about? Let’s try closed market America.

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