January 6, 2017 / 2:15 AM / 10 months ago

Trade minister Seko says Japan will keep contributing to U.S. employment

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s trade minister Hiroshige Seko said on Friday that Japanese companies have and will continue to contribute to employment in the United States.

Japan's Minister of Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko speaks at a news conference at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan August 3, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

In a regular press conference after a cabinet meeting, he said it is important for Japan’s auto industry to gain understanding of its strong efforts to contribute to the U.S. economy.

Seko was speaking after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump threatened to impose heavy taxes on Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) if it builds its Corolla cars for the U.S. market at a plant in Mexico.

Reporting by Ami Miyazaki and Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Chris Gallagher

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