Lighthizer Hopes for Japan-U.S. Deal in Next Few Months

Politics

Washington, June 18 (Jiji Press)--U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said at a Senate hearing Tuesday that he hopes to have an agreement in the current Japan-U.S. trade negotiations "in the next few months."

"The Japanese are fully engaged. They understand what needs to be done. We've been quite clear about it," he said of the current state of the negotiations, which began in mid-April. "My hope is that, in the next few months, we'll have an agreement on it."

In the hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, Lighthizer also suggested that he hopes to prioritize talks on lowering tariffs on agricultural products before discussing a more comprehensive deal.

"What I have proposed doing is to try to take care of a couple of the issues, particularly agriculture, early," he said.

In stressing the need for a quick resolution to the bilateral trade talks, Lighthizer voiced concern that his country is being left at a disadvantage against Canada and other members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade agreement in competition over exports to Japan.

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