Trump Urges Japan to Abolish Farm Tariffs

Politics

Washington, April 26 (Jiji Press)--U.S. President Donald Trump urged Japan Friday to abolish its agricultural tariffs as part of a proposed bilateral trade agreement.

"Japan puts very massive tariffs on agriculture--our agriculture--going for many years, going into Japan," Trump said before his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Oval Office. "We want to get rid of those tariffs."

Tokyo and Washington began trade talks earlier this month. The remarks by Trump came as Japan opposes lowering its agricultural tariffs below the levels agreed under the Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade pact that does not include the United States.

Trump also said it is possible that the two countries will reach a trade agreement by the time he visits Japan late next month. "I think it can go fairly quickly. Maybe by the time I'm over there. Maybe we sign it over there," he said.

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