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Japan and the United States are considering the introduction of safeguard measures that would enable Washington to restrict imports of Japanese cars should they surge under the envisioned Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, negotiation sources said Thursday.

While the United States seeks measures to protect its auto sector amid persistent concern over a possible sharp increase in the number of Japanese car imports, Tokyo and Washington are struggling to reach a compromise on criteria for implementing the safeguard measures, seen as an “emergency” action, the sources added.

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