Japan’s Motegi says Japan-US talks set for April 15-16

13-Apr-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Economy minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Friday Japan and the United States will hold a first round of trade talks on April 15-16 in Washington, to find ways to address US concerns over the large surplus Japan enjoys in bilateral trade.

US President Donald Trump has made clear he is unhappy with Japan’s $69 billion trade surplus with the United Statesnearly two-thirds of it from auto exportsand wants a two-way agreement to address it.

Motegi said he intends exchange views frankly with his counterpart US Trade Representative Robert Lighthiser and hold good talks based on Japan’s national interests.

Prime minister Shinzo Abe is expected to meet Trump in the United States in late April for talks on North Korea and Japan-US trade.



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