Trade Deal with U.S. by Sept. Summit Uncertain: Japan Negotiator

Politics

Washington, July 26 (Jiji Press)--It remains uncertain whether the Japanese and U.S. governments can reach a bilateral trade deal before a possible summit between their leaders in late September, a Japanese negotiator said following a three-day working-level session in Washington through Friday.

Asked whether such an early deal is possible, Kazuhisa Shibuya, a senior policy coordinator at the Cabinet Secretariat, told a press conference, "I'm not sure about that."

He underscored the need for both sides to work on producing results that will be able to gain support at home respectively.

The Japanese and U.S. governments have agreed to work for a trade deal to be reached soon after Japan's House of Councillors election, which was held last Sunday.

The latest working-level session helped "make points (in dispute) very clear" ahead of ministerial-level talks that will be held in the U.S. capital early next month, the Japanese official claimed.

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