Trade Minister Kaoru Yosano said Tuesday he would send a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky later in the day to protest Washington’s move to apply a safeguard measure to Japanese steel wire-rod imports.

In a draft of the letter, Yosano expresses “serious concern” about the proceedings on steel wire-rod imports under Section 201 of the U.S. Trade Act of 1974.

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