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President Trump willing to wait to close trade deal with Japan

All national papers spotlighted President Trump’s tweet yesterday on bilateral trade talks, quoting him as saying: “Much will wait until after their July elections where I anticipate big numbers!” The papers viewed the message as the U.S. leader’s willingness to wait at least several months for sealing a trade liberalization accord with Tokyo out of deference to the Abe administration, which is concerned that a quick deal ahead of the July Upper House election might jeopardize its political foundation by making the premier’s ruling coalition vulnerable to criticism of concessions to Washington.

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