Protectionism Is King Of The Road

Don't expect to spot many Japanese cars on the streets of Rome or Paris. Both Italy and France maintain quotas on Japan's auto imports, a big reason why Japanese auto makers have captured only 10% of Europe's market. These quotas are supposed to be abolished after 1992, with the opening of a single European market. But determined to keep the Japanese at bay, the French and Italians have been pressing for new restrictions after 1992.

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