Japan-U.S. Ministerial Trade Talks to Start Thurs.

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Tokyo, July 29 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government said Monday it will hold a two-day ministerial meeting with the United States in Washington from Thursday, aiming for an early deal in the bilateral trade negotiations.

Japanese economic revitalization minister Toshimitsu Motegi and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will seek an agreement on tariff elimination and reductions for key items, based on political decisions.

Negotiations on the important items including farm products, such as beef and pork, and automobiles are expected to be tough.

The ministerial trade talks will be the first between Japan and the United States since the election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, on July 21.

Both governments aim to accelerate their discussions so that they can announce results at an early date, with a Japan-U.S. summit expected for late September.

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