Tokyo, Apr 3 : Japan and the United States are scheduled to begin negotiations on a new bilateral trade agreement later this month. Japan's minister in charge of trade negotiations with the US, Toshimitsu Motegi, and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer are slated to meet on April 15 and 16 in Washington, QNA said in a report.
The two governments agreed to start negotiations on a new trade agreement in September last. The talks were expected to begin in January, but were delayed as the US has been trying to secure a trade deal with China.
Japanese officials say Motegi and Lighthizer will discuss a Trade Agreement on Goods, or TAG, in line with the joint statement from an earlier Japan-US summit. They say the first round will cover other areas such as services only if they can produce early achievements. President Donald Trump suggested last month that he will pursue wide-ranging bilateral agreements with trading partners. (UNI)