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HAVING retired from my none too easy career of getting British exports into Japan, I have had time to read back copies of The Press which a neighbour saved for me.
The Letters column intrigues me, particularly on the theme of career politicians not up to the job and “over filling” the country with people.
In the 1970s, people may have wondered why suddenly Japanese cars and motorbikes took a big hold in the British market, including the Datsun Sunny and Kawasaki bikes. As well as Brits seemingly keen to spend their hard-earned cash on foreign products and the strikes at British Leyland, there was another factor.
When the Japanese government got wind of shiploads of Austins, Fords, BSAs, Triumphs etc heading for Japan, they would suddenly alter the emission laws so the cargoes would have to return to the UK for modification.
I witnessed this several times while I was there.
Matthew Challoner, Heath Drive, Boston Spa.
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