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Ford (F) CEO Alan Mulally says the company will continue to oppose Japan's entry into free trade...

Ford (F) CEO Alan Mulally says the company will continue to oppose Japan's entry into free trade talks with the United States until the nation opens its markets for more U.S. cars and works on measures to strengthen the yen. The exec called the automobile market in Japan the most closed in the world.
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  • DR.G
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    Good for Alan speaking out about free trade! But Japan is not the only country we need to fix our trade imbalance with!
    The US should take an approach that if you want to due business here that you have to play by fair trade rules.
    26 Mar 2013, 06:56 AM Reply Like
  • groundedpassion8
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    Its about time someone said something and does something

     

    we buy millions of hynundia from korea but yet we only sell 1000 of our cars over there we don't need japan we don't need germany we would be far better without any of these countries

     

    we don't need middle east oil we have a 200 yr supply of nat gas here too

     

    in china in order to sell something over there we have to give up our trade secrets
    26 Mar 2013, 09:48 AM Reply Like
  • Paul301
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    Good for Mr. Mulally. What needs to be done is to secure a copy of the Japanese importation rules and apply those same rules to Japanese goods. Paul Breslin
    26 Mar 2013, 07:14 AM Reply Like
  • William Rilling
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    I'm all for that. This is what happened to our steel industry and almost ruined me personally, but recovered. Once again I will preach there is no such thing as Free Trade as there are government subsidizes and now currency manipulations.
    26 Mar 2013, 08:10 AM Reply Like
  • fredatbleeker
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    While I oppose Govt. restrictions on trade, Japan and China do restrict. I have always wondered whether picketing Walmart, rather than Govt actions, could help level the playing field. Walmart is a huge conduit for China's exports.
    26 Mar 2013, 08:15 AM Reply Like
  • Tdot
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    When was the last time picketing solved or changed anything?
    27 Mar 2013, 10:28 PM Reply Like
  • Jim34238
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    Ford stockholder and BIG Mullaly fan

     

    Go get 'em Mr. Mullaly! For the first time we have an exec with the cajones to take on the very closed market of Japan. Those SOB have been dumping their products here for decades with no one having the guts to take them on before Ford stepped up. Nasty letter to follow.
    26 Mar 2013, 08:57 AM Reply Like
  • Paul301
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    No, Lee Iacocca, (of Ford and Chrysler), tried to have sanctions placed against the Japanese automobile industry for dumping and currency manipulation but our self-serving politicians wouldn't go for it.
    26 Mar 2013, 09:14 AM Reply Like
  • Engineer&Far
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    The Japanese manufacturers spend huge money in the US, influencing our politicians...google Bill Clinton's cabinet guy Ron Brown/registered Japanese agent for verification. The lawyers and bankers that rule this country really don't understand (or care) that manufacturing is the foundation of an economy. They say they do - but lying seems to come easy to these self-serving groups. While these folks dominate the country - this will not change and our manufacturing (jobs) will continue to disappear overseas. Asian power elites (China, Japan, Korea) understand this and have used it to their economic advantage for decades.
    26 Mar 2013, 09:44 AM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    It's an interesting question whether Ford/Mulally has the clout to block said Free Trade agreement, but the capability to slow it down is likely there.

     

    My interest is in how this may or may not affect the TEPCO deal to secure LNG from the US.
    26 Mar 2013, 10:04 AM Reply Like
  • patb2324
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    Free trade is just that free trade for all under the same rules for all. Japan has had a pass for so long. It's really time to get them on the train and out of the playpen. We are not paying homage to the emperor here, lets get this going and move on.
    26 Mar 2013, 12:22 PM Reply Like
  • William Rilling
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    It is nice to see, albeit a small group of people, some people that actually understand what impact so called "Free Trade" has done to us. So many I talk to personally just don't have a clue.
    27 Mar 2013, 06:22 AM Reply Like
  • bibol11
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    People have said this guy is great. Unions have been saying this for years. Government puts all these regulations on our industries. Most of them are good. For instant Railroads have buried ties in the ground for years. Personally have seen it done. Also industries move overseas pollute their air, workers have few or any rights and build factories designed and used in the US for years. One of the members with the Obama job council. The President of GE is helping the Chinese to develop a new jet engine.
    1 Apr 2013, 12:40 PM Reply Like
  • Tdot
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    What is wrong with railroad ties? They are essentially charred wooden planks with natural creosote tar soot as a preservative. Bacteria in the ground breaks down the wood.
    1 Apr 2013, 01:14 PM Reply Like
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