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U.S., Japan to hold trade ministerial talks in Tokyo

  • May 24, 2019
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri wrote that the governments of the United States and Japan are making arrangements for USTR Lighthizer and Economic Revitalization Minister Motegi to hold trade talks in Tokyo on Saturday. The paper speculated that the two officials will review the progress made in recent discussions so that the U.S. and Japanese leaders will be able to hold productive discussions on trade at their summit on May 27.


In a related development, TBS reported this morning that Trade Minister Seko met with USTR Lighthizer on the sidelines of the OECD ministerial in Paris yesterday. In connection with the U.S.’s reported plan to impose higher tariffs on auto imports from Japan, Seko was quoted as conveying to the USTR the Japanese government’s position that “it is unlikely that imports from Japan, a U.S. ally, would constitute a security threat.”

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