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Japan-US Relations / Bus. in America / Smyrna, Tennessee #120708

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 21, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Japanese ability to get Americans to play by Japanese rules in US noted. Report introduced.

(Smyrna, Tennessee: Chris Wallace) Japanese investment and business dealings in US featured; details given of Japan's method of building plants in rural areas to get "cooperative" workers. [Yamakawa executive vice president Minoru TAKEUICHI - says co. is like a family.] Labor-management relations in Japanese auto plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, cited as example [Nissan Motor Company, Limited auto worker John SPENCER - says he is being worn out.] Discrimination by Japanese employers against minorities noted; findings by United States government of discrimination by Nissan, Honda, and Toyota companies explained. [University of Michigan professor Don. DESKINS - says race is a consideration in Japan's auto industry] [Nissan's American boss Jerry BENEFIELD - says Japanese society has no minorities.] Incentives by American states to lure Japanese companies detailed. [Tennessee Senator Jim SASSER - says American taxpayers are subsidizing Japanese business] [Tennessee Governor Ned McWHERTER - says deal with Japan is not one-way street.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) President Bush's statement about concern that Japan owns too much of US stated. Great Britain and Netherlands reported owning more in United States than does Japan.

Jennings, Peter;
Wallace, Chris

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