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Motegi, Lighthizer agree to expedited negotiations for trade deal

  • June 29, 2019
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri
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Mainichi and Yomiuri wrote that following the bilateral summit on Friday morning, USTR Lighthizer and Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Motegi held talks and agreed to arrange meetings of working-level officials in early July to work on specifics so that the two governments can seal a trade agreement quickly. Yomiuri noted that Motegi proposed to Lighthizer the acceleration of working-level talks to accommodate President Trump’s repeated calls for a quick deal. Mainichi said although the Trump administration is probably aiming to cut a deal on agricultural items first ahead of other products, the Japanese side will seek a comprehensive package addressing both the farm sector and autos and other industrial products at the same time.


In a related story, Sankei wrote that some LDP officials are worried that Japan may be pressured into making a major concession on agricultural trade despite Prime Minister Abe’s intense efforts to head off U.S. trade pressure by strengthening personal bonds with President Trump because the U.S. leader apparently remains uncompromising.    


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