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USTR Lighthizer seeks to reach trade deal with Japan in “a few months”

NHK reported this morning that USTR Lighthizer told the Senate Finance Committee yesterday that he hopes to reach a bilateral trade agreement with Japan “in a few months.” A Kyodo News dispatch from Washington this morning quoted the USTR as saying: “What I have proposed doing is to try to take care of a couple of the issues, particularly agriculture, early…. We don’t want to wait the length of time for an entire negotiation,” indicating he wants to prioritize a deal on tariff cuts on agricultural products. NHK noted that Lighthizer and Economic Revitalization Minister Motegi are slated to meet before the G20 Summit to speed up the negotiation process.



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