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PM Abe says Japan will not make concessions on trade deal with U.S. beyond TPP terms

In a report on Thursday evening on a speech delivered by Prime Minister Abe at a Keidanren meeting earlier in the day, NHK pointed out that Abe said Japan will not provide better access to its agricultural market than it offers to the TPP members since the ongoing bilateral trade talks are based on the joint statement issued after the Japan-U.S. summit last September that set the TPP framework as the limit of Japan’s concessions. He also reportedly assured the audience that as long as the trade talks are underway, the U.S. will not impose additional tariffs on Japanese auto exports. He also said that even though the negotiations will be tough, he is hopeful that a deal can be reached soon.

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