INTERVIEW: U.S. Farm Secretary Calls for Early Trade Deal with Japan

Politics

Tokyo, May 14 (Jiji Press)--The United States aims to conclude a bilateral trade deal with Japan at an early date, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has suggested.

"What I'm saying is that we cannot continue to kick this trade can down the road forever," Perdue said in a recent interview with media organizations including Jiji Press.

"Nothing has happened" in the Japan-U.S. bilateral economic dialogue between Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence since its launch in spring 2017, Perdue noted.

He indicated that the U.S. side will seek a deal to liberalize Japanese agricultural and other markets as much as under the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, from which the United States has withdrawn.

He expressed concern that U.S. farmers "will be treated unfairly" following the effectuation of the TPP and the Japan-European Union economic partnership agreement.

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