Japan's PM Slams 'Buy American' Provision

World leaders roundly criticize stimulus provision
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2009 5:20 PM CST
Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso gestures during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Japan’s prime minister today slammed the “Buy American” clause in the proposed economic-stimulus bill currently being considered by the US Senate, the Financial Times reports. Speaking in parliament, Taro Aso said that requiring stimulus projects to use US-made materials is “definitely wrong,” and contrary to the conventions of international trade.

Aso’s comments echoed the European Union’s concerns over protectionism in US response to the financial crisis. The European Commission said it will make sure any US laws comply with the Government Procurement Agreement, a WTO treaty signed by the US that requires participating nations to open government contracts to foreign firms.