Japan's Motegi, USTR Lighthizer likely to hold trade talks on Sept 21-source
TOKYO, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Japanese Economy Minister
Toshimitsu Motegi and U.S. Trade Representative Robert
Lighthizer will likely hold a second round of trade talks on
Sept. 21 in the United States, a source familiar with the matter
told Reuters on Wednesday.
Their meeting is planned to precede an expected summit
between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump on
the sidelines of a U.N. General Assembly General Debate starting
Sept 25, the source said.
Tokyo wants to avert steep tariffs on its car exports and
fend off U.S. demands for a bilateral free trade agreement as
Japan is wary such an agreement would increase pressure the
Japanese government to open sensitive markets such as
Motegi and Lighthizer acknowledged the importance of
expanding trade between the two nations at their first round of
meeting in August, and explore ways to bridge their differences.
(Reporting by Yoshifumi Takemoto, writing by Kaori Kaneko
Editing by Eric Meijer)
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