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Japan: US tariff decision may have 'big impact' on bilateral relations

TOKYO, March 9 (Reuters) - The United States' decision to
impose tariffs on steel and aluminium was "regrettable" and will
likely have a "big impact" on economic ties between Japan and
the United States, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said in a
statement on Friday.

Kono said the decision would also impact the global economy,
adding that Japan would respond appropriately upon examining any
impact on Japanese companies and World Trade Organization (WTO)

President Donald Trump pressed ahead with the imposition of
25 percent tariffs on steel imports and 10 percent for aluminium
on Thursday but exempted Canada and Mexico, backtracking from
earlier pledges of tariffs on all countries.
(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko and Linda Sieg
Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)

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