Tag Archives: Japan

Just How "American-Made" is Your Car?

OSHA Turns Its Sights on Auto Suppliers
We think that we know where our car is made. Turns out, we might not be so right. The more globalized the automotive industry becomes with each passing day, the harder it is to identify an “American-Made” car. Cars.com has tried with its 2015 American-Made Index. Cars.com considers a vehicle American-Made if it has at least 75 percent … Continue reading this entry

Suppliers to OEMs: We Think We're Turning Japanese

The 2014 Annual Automotive OEM-Supplier Relations Study came out in May 2014 and it showed that Japanese OEMs may be rebounding after a couple down years when it comes to their relationships with suppliers. The study, published by Planning Perspectives, Inc. (PPI) relies on the Supplier Working Relations Index®. Up until 2011, Japanese OEMs held a … Continue reading this entry

U.S. and Japan Continue Talks on Auto Tariffs

Once again, the United States and Japan failed to reach an agreement on auto tariffs. Tariffs on automobiles are one of the remaining key issues that lie between the two countries in relation to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). On April 9th and 10th, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Japanese Economic and Fiscal Policy … Continue reading this entry

Non-U.S. Companies Struggle to Implement U.S.-Style Document Retention Policies

Many of us in the U.S. legal community know that developing and implementing a defensible document retention policy is important, if not crucial, to a company’s data management. It can speed up the procedures in, or reduce the costs associated with document preservation and document production. This common understanding, however, is often times not understood … Continue reading this entry

Mexico to Replace Japan as No. 2 Automobile Exporter to U.S.

Mexico is about to replace Japan as the second largest exporter of automobiles to the United States by the end of this year. Mexico might even replace Canada as the top exporter by the end of 2015. The number of automobiles that are exported to the U.S. from Mexico is rising. In the 1990s, that number was … Continue reading this entry

Top Legal Issues Facing Suppliers in 2014: Antitrust

More Guilty Pleas in U.S. Department of Justice Auto Parts Probe High on the Foley & Lardner LLP priority list of top antitrust issues facing automotive suppliers for 2014 was the broad and aggressive criminal antitrust investigation of the auto parts industry by the U.S. Department of Justice. As Foley reported then, the wide-ranging investigation had … Continue reading this entry

Japan’s Automakers Forecast Record-High Profits

Japan’s automakers are forecasting record-high profits for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. The weakening yen is a big contributor to this phenomenon, but it isn’t the only factor. By February 10, 2014, Japan’s big seven automakers – Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Suzuki, Mazda, Fuji Heavy (Subaru’s parent), and Mitsubishi – all reported their forecasts. Except for … Continue reading this entry

Japan Continues to Offer Electric Vehicle Incentives

Many countries around the world are struggling to build a strong electric vehicle (EV) industry. The actual sales of EV’s are far below the target number of many governments. To boost the sales of EV’s, countries like the U.S., Germany, Japan, and China have introduced various types of governmental incentives. The U.S. offers tax credits … Continue reading this entry

EU and Japan Aim for Mutual Recognition of Auto Safety Standards

Automotive trade is key to many trade agreements, and the proposed EU-Japan trade agreement is one of them. The second round of negotiations between the EU and Japan, which is being held in Tokyo, Japan from June 24, 2013 through July 3, 2013, will place much focus on the automotive area. During the negotiations, the … Continue reading this entry

U.S. to Cut Automotive Tariffs as Japan Enters TPP Talks

On April 24, 2013, Acting U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) Demetrios Marantis formally notified Congress that the United States plans to include Japan in Trans-Pacific Partnership(“TTP”) negotiations. Coming just three days after the TTP parties accepted Japan’s entry bid, and less than a month since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s announcement that Japan would apply to … Continue reading this entry

Japan’s Entry Into Free Trade Talks Presents Challenges for the Automotive Sector

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s announcement that Japan will join talks on the Trans-Pacific Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) presents potential challenges for the U.S. automotive sector. Together with Canada and Mexico’s entry in October 2012, the decision could transform the TPP into a major trade pact spanning some of the largest economies on the Pacific Rim. The outcomes … Continue reading this entry