Japan, U.S. Agree to Aim for Early Results in Trade Talks

Politics Economy

Washington, Aug. 1 (Jiji Press)--Japanese and U.S. ministers restarted trade talks in Washington on Thursday, agreeing to speed up the negotiations with the aim of producing results at an early time.

"We agreed to accelerate our negotiations in a bid to resolve pending issues early," Japanese economic revitalization minister Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters after the first-day session that lasted about three hours.

"We carefully discussed each of the remaining issues," he said, while stopping short of commenting on details. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is the main participant from the U.S. side at the meeting.

This is the first Japan-U.S. ministerial trade meeting since the July 21 election for Japan's House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament.

The focus in the ongoing talks is whether the two sides can build momentum for finding a middle ground over sensitive items such as beef and pork, as well as automobiles and auto parts, pundits said.

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