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Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel on the 232 Tariff Agreement with Japan
February 8, 2022

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel welcomes the agreement reached today by the United States and Japan on trade in steel. It’s a win-win for both countries. It promotes our workers, our industries, and shared goals of reducing carbon intensity and overcapacity.

It sends an unambiguous message to China, and other non-market economies, that we will work with our allies to advance the interests of our workers and industry.

The joint statement is a direct development of close coordination between our two governments, and a testament to our enduring alliance. It’s proof positive that when you promote fairness and equity, opportunity is provided for people across the free and open Indo-Pacific, and that remains the top priority for the United States, Japan, and our European allies.

Most importantly, it reflects President Biden’s new approach to trade matters. The Ambassador would like to thank our Japanese partners, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai for bringing a successful conclusion to these negotiations.