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U.S., Japan agree to start consultations between Lighthizer and Motegi for fair trade

NHK reported that President Trump and Prime Minister Abe concluded their second day of talks on Wednesday, with USTR Lighthizer, Economic Revitalization Minister Motegi, and other officials in attendance. The network speculated that PM Abe explained to the President that Japanese companies are making major investments in the U.S., and proposed establishing a new framework for discussing trade and investment in order to seek an approach acceptable to both sides. NHK later reported online that President Trump and Prime Minister Abe agreed to commence consultations between USTR Lighthizer and Minister Motegi to realize free and fair trade deals.

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