THIS TRADE WAR ISN'T WORTH THE BLOODSHED
Your Commentary, "Even if Japan breaks down, Detroit won't win much" (International Business, May 29), seems out of touch with the realities of U.S. automotive-parts manufacturers.
In a survey of over 2,300 U.S. manufacturer suppliers, more than two-thirds said that exporting to Japan was of little or no interest to them. And 94% said that they had little or no interest in making an investment in Japan in production or warehousing facilities in an effort to serve that market.
Clearly, the large multinational parts manufacturers are anxious to increase their penetration in Japan's original- equipment market, but these products would be supplied from their present or future plants in Southeast Asia.
So why are we risking a major trade war over this issue? It simply shows the influence of a few politically motivated organizations.
William A. Raftery
Editor's note: Raftery is president emeritus of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Assn.