Japan, U.S. to hold TPP auto trade talks this week

JIJI

Japan and the United States will hold talks on bilateral auto trade in Washington for three days starting Wednesday, government officials in Tokyo said.

The discussions, part of multilateral negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal, are designed to bridge differences over issues, including greater U.S. access to the Japanese vehicle market, the officials said Friday.

The two countries agreed earlier this month to speed up auto talks as U.S. President Barack Obama is seeking to reach a broad TPP agreement by the end of November.

The Washington meeting will be joined by Takeo Mori, ambassador in charge of economic diplomacy, and Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler.

The two countries also plan to hold talks on farm trade, particularly U.S. access to Japan’s markets for five key products, such as beef and pork, in Tokyo in the first half of September.