TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's trade minister Hiroshige Seko said on Friday that Japanese companies have and will continue to contribute to employment in the United States.


In a regular press conference after a cabinet meeting, he said it is important for Japan's auto industry to gain understanding of its strong efforts to contribute to the U.S. economy.


Seko was speaking after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump threatened to impose heavy taxes on Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> if it builds its Corolla cars for the U.S. market at a plant in Mexico.


(Reporting by Ami Miyazaki and Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Chris Gallagher)