Japan, U.S. Remain Apart in 1st Round of New Trade Talks


Washington, Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)--Japan and the United States remained apart on trade policies in the first round of new ministerial trade talks that ended on Friday, with their decision carried over to the next session to be held in September.

In the dialogue, dubbed "free, fair and reciprocal," or FFR, talks, the U.S. side called for the launch of negotiations with Japan with an eye on a bilateral free trade agreement, officials said.

Meanwhile, the Japanese side reiterated its policy to lay stress on multilateral trade frameworks.

Japanese officials failed to get a clear consent from the U.S. side to exempt Japan-made automobiles and auto parts from additional tariffs planned by President Donald Trump's administration.

The latest meeting, held in Washington for two days, was attended by Japan's Economic Revitalization Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

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