Trump’s 25 percent tax on steel imports and 10 percent tax on aluminum took effect in May for Japan.
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U.S. President Donald Trump's trade relations with Tokyo are testy, but Idaho gave Takashi Suzuki a warm welcome.Suzuki hopes to work with them on developing a way to cool nuclear fuel without creating polluted water – a problem that has intrigued Suzuki since Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster.Small and medium-size manufacturers such as Sakae, which has 30 employees, account for 99 percent of Japan's companies and 70 percent of employment, according to the government's Organization for Small and Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation Japan.Japan has told the World Trade Organization it may levy retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods totaling about 50 billion yen ($450 million) a year.Other American states are also wooing Japan.Suzuki said doing the legwork and personal networking to land opportunities outside Japan are crucial for Sakae's survival.
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