Japan, US Hold Talks Linked To Regional Trade Pact

The two sides agreed earlier to begin negotiations on the issues as part of Japan's membership in formal TPP negotiations, which took effect July 23.

The two sides agreed earlier to begin negotiations on the issues as part of Japan’s membership in formal TPP negotiations, which took effect July 23.

ap-logo-new-81012TOKYO (AP) — U.S. and Japanese officials are meeting in Tokyo for talks on various issues related to an American-led effort to forge the Trans-Pacific Partnership regional trade bloc.

Acting deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler is heading the U.S. side in talks that began Wednesday on autos, insurance and non-tariff barriers to trade — sensitive issues that will require compromise if the 12 participating countries are to meet their year-end deadline for a deal.

In a statement released before the talks, Cutler welcomed Japan’s willingness to discuss U.S. concerns over its auto and insurance industries and said she hoped to reach “meaningful agreements in a timely fashion.”

The two sides agreed earlier to begin negotiations on the issues as part of Japan’s membership in formal TPP negotiations, which took effect July 23.

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