For Japanese-brand automakers, automobile tariffs have the potential to disrupt their global operations, the integrated North American supply chain that supports their production here in the United States, and their investment in the United States. Amidst these concerns, Japanese companies have been carefully monitoring the situation in Washington.
Manny Manriquez discussed these issues on September 11, 2018, at an off-the-record policy lunch discussion at Sasakawa USA. Manriquez is the General Director of the Washington, D.C., office of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. who has delivered testimony to U.S. officials on the potential impact of Section 232 tariffs on the Japanese and U.S. economies. The talk, entitled “Implications of U.S. Trade Policy for Japanese-brand Automakers,” was moderated by Ambassador James Zumwalt, CEO of Sasakawa USA.