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US, Japan Still Split On Ag, Autos As Obama Visit Looms

Law360, New York (April 10, 2014, 3:53 PM EDT) -- U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Thursday that the U.S. still faces “considerable differences” with Japan on resolving issues related to market access for agricultural products and cars in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks just weeks ahead of a state visit from President Barack Obama.

After two days of “intensive” consultations with Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari, Froman told reporters that the two sides had made some progress, but that work would have to carry on through the week, making specific mention of the differences on agricultural and automotive market access, which have long been sticking points in Japan-U.S. trade relations....

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