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Upper House begins deliberating bills on U.S.-Japan trade agreements

  • November 21, 2019
  • , Asahi, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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Asahi, Yomiuri, and Sankei wrote that on Wednesday the House of Councillors began deliberations on the bills to approve the U.S.-Japan trade agreements. The paper said the opposition parties called on the GOJ to provide a detailed explanation of the U.S. plan to remove tariffs on Japanese auto imports by insisting Washington has not yet expressed a firm commitment to do so. However, Sankei quoted Prime Minister Abe as saying in reply that he has directly confirmed with President Trump that additional tariffs based on Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act will not be imposed. The papers said the GOJ and the ruling coalition are aiming to enact the bills during the current Diet session, which is set to end on Dec. 9, so they can go into effect on Jan. 1.

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