Japan, US Set Framework For Talks On Trade, Broader Ties



Mari Yamaguchi | Washington Post

TOKYO — U.S. Trade Representative Katharine Tai and Japan’s trade and industry minister agreed Wednesday to work to resolve a dispute over American tariffs on steel and aluminum as part of a framework for cooperation in wider areas.

A partnership announced earlier this week also will include working on a “Japan-U.S. common global agenda” for trade and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said.

Tai and METI Minister Koichi Hagiuda’s talks Wednesday followed a visit to Tokyo earlier in the week by Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. Tai and Hagiuda also agreed to set up a bilateral framework of talks among senior officials from the USTR and Japanese trade and foreign ministries to discuss trade issues and check “unfair practices related to third countries.”

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