May 21, 2019 / 6:57 AM / a year ago

Japan auto lobby dismayed at Trump comment on imported cars

TOKYO, May 21 (Reuters) - Japan's automobile makers lobby on Tuesday said it was profoundly disappointed by U.S. President Donald Trump's comment that imported vehicles were a threat to U.S. national security.

"We are dismayed to hear a message suggesting that our long-time contributions of investment and employment in the United States are not welcomed," said Akio Toyoda, chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

"As chairman, I am deeply saddened by this decision," Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corp, said in a statement. (Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu; editing by Darren Schuettler)

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