Talks go on with U.S. on TPP sidelines

Kyodo

Japan and the United States on Monday continued talks to resolve issues on the fringes of a multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade meeting in Singapore, after the two failed to bridge gaps the day before.

In their meeting Monday morning, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Senior Vice Minister of the Cabinet Office Yasutoshi Nishimura likely tried again to find common ground on tariffs Tokyo seeks to retain on farm products, as well as auto trade, an area in which Washington wants more concessions.

Details of the unofficial talks have not been released.