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U.S., Japan to resume trade talks

  • July 23, 2019
  • , Mainichi, Nikkei, Sankei
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Nikkei, Sankei, and Mainichi wrote that senior Japanese officials will visit Washington tomorrow for three days of talks with their U.S. counterparts on bilateral free trade. The papers speculated that now that the Upper House election is over, the Trump administration is likely to ratchet up the pressure so as to wrap up the negotiations quickly and conclude a deal focusing on agricultural products. Noting that Prime Minister Abe may hold talks with President Trump on the margins of the G7 summit in France in late August and/or the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York in late September, the dailies predicted that the two nations may try to strike a compromise by then. Mainichi speculated that Japan will only accommodate the U.S. request for lower tariffs on American farm products if the U.S. reduces tariffs on Japanese auto imports.

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