Japan, U.S. to Accelerate Trade Talks to Bridge Gaps

Politics

Tokyo, May 25 (Jiji Press)--Japanese economic revitalization minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Saturday expressed the country's intention to speed up its trade talks with the United States, after holding a meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Tokyo on the day.

"We agreed to make efforts to bridge the gaps between us," Motegi told reporters after the meeting, noting that the two countries' positions are not completely the same.

He showed a plan to consider holding working-level discussions to accelerate the bilateral negotiations.

At the two-and-a-half-hour meeting, Motegi and Lighthizer discussed mainly cuts and elimination in tariffs on farm products and automobiles.

The ministerial session took place ahead of the summit between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump in the Japanese capital on Monday. Motegi and Lighthizer are expected to join the bilateral summit.

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