Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi announced at a news conference on May 17 after a Cabinet meeting that his U.S. counterpart said that there is no plan to limit Japan's auto exports to the United States.

Motegi said he contacted U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to "confirm that the United States would not impose such export restrictions."

According to Motegi, Lighthizer replied that it would not.

The contact was made through a diplomatic route, according to a Japanese government official.

The export of Japanese vehicles to the United States has been a main issue in bilateral trade talks.

Bloomberg on May 15 reported that U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to instruct related agencies to pressure Japan and the European Union to agree to a deal that would limit or restrict exports of automobiles and auto parts to the United States in return for a delay on new auto tariffs.