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Former Trump associate calls for measures to expand U.S. corporate presence in Japan

Nikkei carried an interview with Ado Machida, who was a senior member of the Trump transition team, in which he urged the Japanese government to put forward ideas to help U.S. companies win more business opportunities in Japan. While speculating that the Trump administration’s ultimate goal is to seal an FTA with Japan, the American businessman underscored the importance for the GOJ to present proposals for helping  “U.S. businesses achieve success in the Japanese market” in the future bilateral consultations for a “free, fair, and reciprocal trade deal.” He noted that this aspect was not fully addressed in the Economic Dialogue led by Vice President Pence and Deputy Prime Minister Aso. Machida said if the planned bill on the implementation of integrated resorts is enacted, U.S. casino operators will benefit. He also mentioned that the planned expansion of landing slots at Haneda Airport will present U.S. airlines with more business opportunities.   

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