Trump Wants to See Japan-U.S. Trade Deal in August

Politics

Tokyo, May 27 (Jiji Press)--Visiting U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday expressed a wish to strike an agreement in bilateral trade negotiations in August.

"We will be announcing some things, probably in August, that will be very good for both countries," Trump said at the beginning of his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japan will hold an election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament, possibly in July.

The two countries "will accelerate their discussions based on the Japan-U.S. relations of trust," Abe told a joint news conference with Trump after the summit, which lasted three hours including a lunch session.

At the start of the summit, Abe said he wants to show people at home and abroad that the strong bonds of the Japan-U.S. alliance remains intact in the new Japanese era of Reiwa, which started upon the Imperial succession May 1.

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