WASHINGTON (Kyodo) The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives agriculture committee hinted Tuesday the United States would slap sanctions on Japan for reimposing its import ban on U.S. beef, saying his country would not stop automobile imports over defective parts.

“Their closing their entire market . . . would be like the United States saying to the Japanese, we’re closing our entire market to Japanese . . . automobiles because we find . . . some defective brakes, defective steering columns, other defective things,” Bob Goodlatte told reporters after meeting a Democratic Party of Japan delegation.

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