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Abe says he does not completely reject FTA with U.S

Asahi wrote that at an Upper House Budget Committee meeting on Wednesday, Prime Minister Abe said: “We do not completely reject a U.S.-Japan FTA.” The paper interpreted this remark to mean that the prime minister indicated a position of not excluding an FTA as an option in the future. Abe made the remark in response to a question from LDP Upper House lawmaker Ichita Yamamoto. Yamamoto stated that the biggest concern for Japan with regard to President Trump’s visit earlier this month was a possible request for an FTA. The paper wrote that Abe, while denying that an FTA came up during the U.S.-Japan summit meeting, dismissed the view that the Japanese side is unilaterally trying to avoid an FTA.

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