Japan, U.S. Agree to Speed Up Work for Early Trade Deal

Economy Politics

Washington, Aug. 21 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Economic Revitalization Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer agreed Wednesday to speed up work to produce positive results in the bilateral trade negotiations early.

The two confirmed this during the first day of a two-day ministerial meeting in Washington to discuss the proposed Japan-U.S. trade agreement.

The two countries, still at odds over agricultural and industrial products, hope to reach some form of agreement at a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump to be held on the sidelines of a U.N. General Assembly session in New York in late September.

Wednesday's meeting, held at the Office of the USTR, lasted five hours. About 30 minutes were dedicated to direct dialogue between Motegi and Lighthizer.

Speaking at a press conference after the session, Motegi said that the negotiations are "very tough," with both sides' national interests at stake.

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