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Foreign minister Motegi to visit U.K. from August 5 to negotiate trade deal

  • July 29, 2020
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

By Akiko Kato

 

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is coordinating to visit the U.K. on August 5. Motegi will have discussions with Elizabeth Truss, U.K. Secretary of State for International Trade, towards a general consensus on the new trade agreement currently under negotiation between the two countries. This is the first overseas trip by a Japanese cabinet member after containment measures were effected in response to the new coronavirus outbreak. The decrease in tariffs between Japan and the U.K. will expire at the end of 2021 with the exit of the U.K. from the European Union (EU). The Japanese and U.K. governments initiated negotiations towards the new agreement in June 2020.

 

Building on the Economic Partnership Agreement, Japan and the U.K. will negotiate reductions in tariffs for automobile exports and the level of market liberalization for agricultural imports. The new agreement is expected set rules for the flow of digital data, and include a regulation that prohibits governments from requiring companies to disclose their software source codes and encryption. Japan and the U.S. have a similar agreement. 

 

 Motegi will also hold talks with U.K. Foreign Minister Dominic Raab. The ministers will discuss Hong Kong’s national security law and the increasing tensions between the U.S. and China.

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