USTR travels to Japan to discuss TPP

Cutler tries to revive stalled out trade talks with Japan.

Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler traveled to Japan Friday to get bilateral trade talks with Tokyo back on track, according to a notice from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

USTR Michael Froman and Japan’s minister in charge of Trans-Pacific Partnership affairs, Akira Amari, met last month to try to advance bilateral market access issues that are holding up the 12-country Asia-Pacific trade deal. But it was reported that those talks ended abruptly when Amari walked out of the meeting before it was scheduled to end.

The United States is pressuring Japan to lower or eliminate tariffs on sensitive agricultural goods, such as beef and pork. The two countries are also meeting bilaterally to address auto trade issues.

Cutler will meet with Hiroshi Oe, a deputy chief negotiator handling the agricultural talks, and Takeo Mori, in charge of the automobile trade talks. Darci Vetter, USTR’s chief agricultural negotiator, is scheduled to join Cutler in Japan later in the week.

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