Japan, U.S. Remain Apart over Farm, Auto Trade

Economy Politics

Washington, May 21 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese and U.S. governments remained apart over agricultural, automotive and other trade issues at a working-level session in Washington on Tuesday, ahead of a bilateral summit in Tokyo on Monday.

The Japanese side asked the United States to eliminate its automotive tariffs promptly, but the U.S. side showed its reluctance to accept the request, according to informed sources.

Meanwhile, the U.S. side reiterated its demand that the Japanese agricultural market be liberalized soon.

The Japanese side expressed its position of limiting any market liberalization steps to those under the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, and claimed that it would take time to draw up a trade agreement that covers all of Japan's some 9,000 trade items.

"Japan is on the offensive over automobiles, while the United States is keen on Japanese agricultural goods," senior Japanese trade official Kazuhisa Shibuya told reporters following the working-level session.

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