In December, Ambassador to Japan RAHM EMANUEL met with U.S. Trade Representative KATHERINE TAI ahead of his move abroad.
Lowering trade barriers is near the top of Japan’s to-do list — they still want the U.S. to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership, for instance — and Emanuel wanted to get started on the issue.
The meeting in Tai’s office went poorly with the two clashing over both style and substance, according to three officials briefed on the exchange. It went so badly that Emanuel returned in January for a do-over.
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