Japan, U.S. to hold 2nd round of economic talks on Oct. 16

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japan and the United States will hold the second round of bilateral economic dialogue in Washington on Oct. 16, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso said Friday.

In the talks, Aso and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence are expected to discuss trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.

Items on the agenda are likely to include a safeguard tariff increase carried out by Japan in August to curb frozen beef imports from the United States and others, a measure that drew frustration from Washington.

At a press conference, Aso signaled Japan’s readiness to review the way the safeguard measure is implemented.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue expressed strong hopes on Wednesday for bringing down Japanese tariffs on beef, vegetables and other farm products.Speech

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