Senator Levin: Japan a U.S. job killer – TPP

Sen. Carl Levin urged President Barack Obama to keep Japan from participating in nine-party free trade talks, saying its policies amount to "a U.S. job killer."

As early as Thursday in Tokyo, the Japanese government will announce whether it wants to participate in Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement negotiations with the United States.

The Detroit Democrat said in a strongly worded letter that Japan must first "reverse decades of protecting its home auto market," and he urged Obama to "clearly oppose any effort by Japan to join the TPP at this time."

Japan, the world’s third-biggest economy, also has the world’s third-largest auto market.

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