All national dailies reported on remarks made to the press by Foreign Minister Motegi after a meeting with USTR Lighthizer in New York on Monday. According to the papers, Motegi said: “Today, our negotiations completely finished. We’re going to have a good ceremony on Wednesday when our leaders meet.” Yomiuri wrote that President Trump and Prime Minister Abe are expected to sign a document confirming the final agreement at their bilateral talks scheduled for Wednesday and that the GOJ is planning to announce the details of the deal after the summit meeting. Mainichi wrote that a formal document will probably not be ready for signing by the President and the prime minister because the language must be finalized and the text must be reviewed from a legal standpoint.
The papers wrote that under the envisaged agreement, Japan will cut tariffs on U.S. produce including beef and pork. Nikkei wrote that it has learned arrangements are being made to include in the agreement a plan to remove U.S. tariffs on Japanese vehicle and auto parts, but that a time frame will not be mentioned and the two governments will continue to negotiate on the issue. The daily wrote that Japan is hoping to use the plan to win the tariffs’ removal in the future.