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MICHIGAN BACK TO BASICS: FIX THE TRADE IMBALANCE IN DETROIT

 MICHIGAN BACK TO BASICS: FIX THE TRADE IMBALANCE IN DETROIT
 FLAT ROCK, Mich., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by Michigan Back to Basics, a group committed to curtailing what it sees as the Japanese takeover of the U.S. automotive industry:
 Detroit-area business people, auto suppliers and laid-off assembly workers plan to send a powerful message to President Bush and the economic delegation assembled this week in Japan by marching against Mazda at the Gibraltar Road plant gate 3 in Flat Rock at noon Saturday, Jan. 11.
 "Detroit-area workers are being robbed by Mazda and other transplant automakers. For every transplant job created, four American workers wind up in the unemployment line," said Burl C. Adkins, founder of Michigan Back to Basics, a group committed to curtailing what it sees as the Japanese takeover of the U.S. automotive industry.
 The trade imbalance between U.S. and Japan has spiraled to $41 billion -- 75 percent of the tally is cars and auto parts. Nearly 300,000 jobs have been lost to transplants and overseas manufacturers.
 According to Adkins, protesters converging on Mazda have several demands:
 "1. Wipe out Keiretsu -- the Japanese cartel-like group of interlocking manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and bankers that squeeze Americans out of the marketplace and violate America's antitrust laws.
 "2. Demand an investigation -- Mazda collected $120 million in Michigan tax abatements, training and loans. They renovated an existing plant, built a much larger plant, then received a 100-percent tax abatement on both facilities. Under section 98 of the Michigan Tax Code, this was an illegal tax abatement.
 "3. Make restitution on minivans -- Mazda was cited by the U.S. Commerce Department for dumping its MPV minivans on the market illegally at below-wholesale cost to capture buyers. The unfair difference should be paid to U.S. minivan manufacturers and future sales suspended.
 "4. Demand an investigation and repay Michigan training dollars -- Mazda milked Michigan for training dollars while the state struggles to balance its budget. Workers told the media that Mazda supervisors instructed them to fraudulently code timecards as training for state of Michigan reimbursement."
 "As Americans we need to wake up, take notice and stop being mesmerized by Japanese public relations ploys. We've got to take a stand against transplant companies siphoning our economic vitality. We need a fair chance to compete in the global marketplace," said Adkins, a Downriver businessman and former U.S. congressional candidate. "Our tax dollars are being spent to eliminate our jobs. Wake up and demand justice!"
 For more information on Burl C. Adkins and Michigan Back to Basics, contact Elise Minch at Lapides Publicity Group, 313-644-5140.
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 /CONTACT: Elise Minch of Lapides Publicity Group, 313-644-5140, for Michigan Back to Basics/ CO: Michigan Back To Basics; Mazda ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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