BLOOMBERG: U.S.-Japan Trade Deal Unlikely Topic at Summit, Abe Adviser Says




February 7, 2017 | By: Maiko Takahashi,

Talks about a U.S.-Japan free trade agreement are unlikely when leaders of the two countries meet for talks later this week, an adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

Instead Abe will raise broader economic talks including trade, energy and investment at the summit Friday, Yasutoshi Nishimura told Bloomberg in an interview Monday. He added any such bilateral FTA talks are premature given the U.S. is short-handed, as it also has to deal with renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement as well as talks with the U.K. in the wake of Brexit.

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