U.S. trade representative to visit Japan for talks on access

WASHINGTON Sat Apr 5, 2014 2:50pm EDT

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman takes part in an onstage interview with Edward Luce of the Financial Times during The Atlantic Economy Summit in Washington March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman takes part in an onstage interview with Edward Luce of the Financial Times during The Atlantic Economy Summit in Washington March 18, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will travel to Japan on Monday for high-level talks in a bid to break a stalemate over market access for American farm groups and autos, his office said on Saturday.

Talks about a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade pact have been bogged down as the United States tried to persuade Japan to lower trade barriers.

Froman said on Thursday it was time for Japan "to step up to the plate" and open its markets, which will then pave the way for an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler had already been scheduled to visit Tokyo next week as bilateral talks have accelerated ahead of a visit to Japan later this month by President Barack Obama.

(Reporting by Krista Hughes; Editing by Sandra Maler and Eric Walsh)

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Comments (3)
justin2013 wrote:
Please don’t open up the markets to GMO products. It’s not needed nor wanted.

Apr 06, 2014 6:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
justin2013 wrote:
Please don’t open up the markets to GMO products. It’s not needed nor wanted.

Apr 06, 2014 6:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
yellowjap wrote:
Well, Abe is holding not to close TPP without US. Trying to save face of Obama administration. Our farm industries are ready to export from farms oversea. None of them using strong Herbicides.

Well, what can I say to a foolish messenger carrying mission from Detroit to sell full size pick up in place road width is 4m (2m each way, and quite often does not have that width and including electric pole.). What can we do with those stupid cars which can stuck on the road but can not turn nor cross.

It is nice to have pressure to break rural politicians in Japan. But it is quite confusing when facing these crazy Obama cabinets. They are powerful only in their minds. EU EPA seems much faster to close. Help us, please. Send somebody have some reality but I know you don’t have any at this moment.

Apr 07, 2014 10:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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