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U.S.-Japan Accelerated Trade Talks Continue

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President Donald J. Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo Sunday, September 23, 2018, meet in President Trump’s residence at Trump Tower in New York, NY. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

The U.S. and Japan are meeting again to wrap up the week in the second round of trade talks. Japan’s Economy Minister is meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Meanwhile, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to meet President Donald Trump Friday in Washington. The negotiations continue to focus on reaching a quick agreement on agriculture and automobiles.

The U.S. wants better access to Japan’s agricultural products market, as trade agreements between Japan and other nations have made products from other countries more lucrative to Japanese buyers. Nearly 100 farm groups sent a letter to Lighthizer this week outlining the market loss U.S. producers are facing from competing trade agreements, including the new Trans-Pacific Partnership, the agreement Trump removed the U.S. from upon taking office. Just last week, the U.S. and Japan agreed to accelerate trade talks to reach a fast agreement.