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Trump wants Japan trade deal in weeks: Envoy

  • May 21, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 3:48 p.m.
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Tokyo, May 21 (Jiji Press) — U.S. President Donald Trump wants trade talks with Japan to be concluded in “weeks,” U.S. Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty said Tuesday.

In his speech in Tokyo, Hagerty said he hopes that “significant progress” toward a deal will be made at a summit between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Monday.

Trump will visit Japan for four days from Saturday.

Hagerty said the timing of a deal is up to negotiations between Japanese fiscal and economic policy minister Toshimitsu Motegi and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

The ambassador said the U.S. agriculture and livestock industry has fallen into a disadvantageous position in trade with Japan since the 11-country Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement that excludes the United States took effect in December last year.

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