Japan plans to send a government mission to China to urge Beijing to retract its decision to impose special 100 percent tariffs on imports of Japanese automobiles, mobile phones and air conditioners, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

The government is coordinating with China on a date for the talks, Vice Foreign Minister Yutaka Kawashima told a news conference.

The mission will comprise high-level officials from the foreign, trade and farm ministries.

Beijing on Thursday announced that it would impose special tariffs on Japanese products in retaliation against temporary import curbs Japan in April placed on stone leeks, shiitake mushrooms and tatami straw.

Kawashima said Japan and China will also consult about the curbs in Tokyo next week at the bureau chief level.

Tokyo claims Beijing’s reaction is not justifiable because the 200-day temporary import curbs invoked by Japan were made in accordance with rules set by the World Trade Organization.

The government has not decided whether to upgrade the safeguard measures to a full action, and Japanese officials are expected to seek a compromise with China during the upcoming talks in Tokyo.

“We must solve problems by establishing certain rules that both sides can agree on as our trade relations with China are expanding rapidly,” Kawashima said.

Curbs said unneeded

OSAKA — More than half of smaller Japanese companies reached in a recent survey think Tokyo’s imposition of emergency import curbs on agricultural products is unnecessary, an Osaka-based credit association said Monday.

Osaka Shinkin Bank said its survey in early June of 1,174 small and midsize client companies found that 51.6 percent of 1,097 respondents said there is no need for the import curb, which has led to retaliatory measures by China.

In April, Japan slapped an emergency curb on imports of stone leeks, shiitake mushrooms and tatami rushes, which mostly come from China, under the safeguard mechanism of the World Trade Organization designed to slow imports to allow a specific industry to adjust to heightened competition from foreign suppliers.

The action led China to impose a 100 percent tariff on Japanese automobiles, mobile phones and air conditioners earlier this month.

According to the survey, 7.7 percent of the respondents said the mechanism is necessary, while 31.2 percent replied it will become necessary sooner or later.

Respondents opposing the safeguard said it would prevent Japanese companies from improving their international competitiveness or arouse discontent among consumers as a result of price increases.

Asked how to cope with low-priced imports, 31.3 said they will cut their prices.

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