TOKYO -- Japanese automakers' purchases of U.S.-made parts rose 11 percent in the fiscal year ended March 31 to a record $41.51 billion.
It was the largest increase in three years. The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association compiled the data, which it released last week.
Purchases of parts for use in Japanese companies' North American factories rose 13 percent to $38.29 billion. But imports of U.S.-made parts for use in Japan fell 11 percent to $3.22 billion. Import purchases have fallen three of the last six years. The latest total was the smallest in a decade.