The total value of U.S.-made auto parts purchased by 11 Japanese automakers in the first half of the 1997 business year rose 5.2 percent from the same period last year to $11.46 billion, an industry association said Friday.

Procurement by Japanese auto plants in the U.S. totaled $9.59 billion, up 4.2 percent from the same period last year, while imports of U.S.-made parts rose 10.8 percent to $1.87 billion, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said. Japan’s procurement of U.S. parts, which was the biggest issue in bilateral auto talks concluded in 1995, has been increasing steadily since then, despite the dollar’s strength against the yen,

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