US OFFICIALS ADD AUTO PARTS TO JAPAN'S SHOPPING LIST

US OFFICIALS ADD AUTO PARTS TO JAPAN'S SHOPPING LIST

U.S. officials have told their Japanese counterparts that they hope for a substantial boost in the buying of American-made auto parts by Japanese carmakers in a few weeks, an official of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry said.

The U.S. officials hope for results from planned business talks between 11 Japanese carmakers and over 50 auto parts makers on April 5-6, the official said.The MITI official was speaking after two days of talks with Commerce Department officials here, which were a follow-up of the Market Oriented Sector Selective Talks on auto parts.

U.S. officials said Congress and some American auto parts makers want a tougher approach to boost purchase of American-made auto parts by Japanese carmakers, the MITI official told reporters. Therefore, the United States wants good results from the business talks.

The U.S. side pointed out three specific barriers to boosting U.S. sales to Japanese carmakers. These includes differences in estimated prices between Japanese and American auto parts makers. The United States also complained that specifications for auto parts are not provided to the American companies.