TOKYO - Japanese imports of auto parts made in the United States dropped in the fiscal year ended March 31 to the lowest level in 11 years.
Those imports into Japan fell 9.6 percent to $2.91 billion, according to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers' Association. That was the lowest level since $2.61 billion in the fiscal year ended March 31, 1994.
Japan's imports of U.S.-made parts have fallen in three of the last five years.
Overall, though, Japanese purchases of parts made in the United States rose 9.0 percent in the latest fiscal year to a record $45.24 billion.
Most of the purchases were for use in vehicles made in Japanese-owned factories in North America. Those purchases rose 10.5 percent to $42.32 billion.
JAMA's tally of U.S.-made parts includes those made by Japanese-owned parts makers in the United States.