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Motegi says new consultations on trade to be launched in mid-June or later

  • April 24, 2018
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Asahi reported online on press remarks this morning by Economic Revitalization Minister Motegi, who disclosed that the GOJ told the USG that his first meeting with USTR Lighthizer under the agreed-upon “consultations for a free, fair, and reciprocal (FFR) trade deal” will probably be held in mid-June or later. On what the Japanese side is referring to as the “FFR” consultations, the cabinet minister was quoted as saying: “They are not supposed to be negotiations or preparatory talks for a free trade agreement. Japan’s position of seeking the early effectuation of the TPP 11 remains unchanged…. I think President Trump places priority on getting a good deal over the format.”   

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