Tokyo and Washington will hold bilateral talks today on Japan’s steel exports to the United States in a bid to avert a further rise in protectionist sentiment in the U.S, a Japanese government official said Wednesday.

The one-day bilateral talks, being held at Washington’s request, will take place in Tokyo. Officials of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry will meet with a group of U.S. government officials led by David Aaron, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, a MITI official said.

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