TO THE EDITOR:
In "Trump talk reminds us of previous Japan deal" in the Feb. 6 issue, Hans Greimel manages to do a "news analysis" without any analysis. While it is certainly true that the rebadged Chevrolet Cavalier was not popular in Japan, Mr. Greimel might have analyzed why the combined market share of all non-Japanese brands in Japan is held to no more than 7 percent.
While he minimizes the effects of nontariff barriers in Japan, there is neither acknowledgement of nor explanation for the consistently limited combined sales of Mercedes, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Peugeot, Citroen, Renault, Volvo, Porsche, Mini, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Jeep and Fiat vehicles.
Nor is there any explanation for why none of these companies have opted to build facilities in Japan to produce vehicles for sale there. Instead, he implies that the Cavalier indicated the inability of foreign manufacturers to produce vehicles that appeal to Japanese tastes. This is at best a disservice to readers. It is certainly not an informative analysis.
GLENN WHITEHEAD Novi, Mich.