Japan is currently the fourth-largest U.S. trading partner, exporting on average, $130 billion in goods to the United States each year. More than half of all of those goods are manufactured products in the form of vehicles or machinery, making Japanese companies subject to a significant exposure in the area of U.S. product liability litigation.
The United States and Japan are signatories to The Hague Convention on the International Service of Process. The application of the Hague Convention in product liability cases brought against Japanese companies has been sharply litigated.
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