USTR Bashes Japan's Cash For Clunkers Rules

Law360, New York (February 3, 2010, 5:16 PM EST) -- U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk criticized Japan's version of the Cash for Clunkers program Wednesday, after Japanese officials released a limited list of the types of U.S. automobiles that qualify.

According to the USTR, Japan's decision to use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's city mileage ratings instead of the agency's combined city/highway ratings restricted the number of U.S. cars eligible for the program.

"This is particularly unfortunate in light of its recent announcement to open opportunities for U.S. autos to qualify for its program, which was...
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