Japan, U.S. to Negotiate Tariffs Comprehensively: Motegi

Politics

Washington, April 15 (Jiji Press)--Japan and the United States will negotiate goods tariff reductions and eliminations comprehensively in the first round of bilateral trade talks that started Monday, a Japanese official said.

"We will, in principle, be making decisions as a package," Economic Revitalization Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told a press conference after the first day of talks in Washington with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

Motegi, also minister for Japan-U.S. trade negotiations, rejected the view that the two countries will conclude a deal on agricultural trade first, as demanded by the U.S. farm industry.

He stressed that tariff reductions and eliminations for automobiles and other industrial products should be considered as well as those for the agricultural sector.

The first round will continue until Tuesday. The focus is how far the service-sector issues should be covered in the negotiations in addition to goods trade.

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