Yomiuri, Nikkei, and Sankei wrote that the USTR convened a hearing in Washington on Monday to solicit opinions from industrial organizations in preparation for the planned start of new trade talks with Japan. According to Yomiuri, the United Automobile Workers (UAW) criticized Japan for impeding access to the Japanese auto market with currency manipulation and nontariff barriers such as discriminatory taxes on U.S. products. Various American trade lobbies, including the U.S. Meat Export Federation and the American Automotive Policy Council, planned to attend the session to urge the Trump administration to press the Japanese government to import more U.S. products. The trade lobbies are reportedly calling for Washington to negotiate a deal with Tokyo that will give them greater access to the Japanese market than Tokyo promised other trading partners under the TPP11. NHK carried a similar report this morning.